Independent journalist shoved and maced by police officers during Portland protest

August 1, 2020
Independent journalist Jake Johnson was shoved into a bush by a police officer clearing protestors from a street in Portland, Oregon, on Aug. 1, 2020, despite being clearly marked as press. A second Portland Police Bureau officer then slammed him onto a car hood and maced him at close range.The Portland-based journalist was covering one of the many protests that broke out across the U.S. in response to police violence and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following …

Journalists allege federal agents threw tear gas, smashed van windows during Portland protests

July 21, 2020
Journalists Fiorella Isabel Mayorca and Craig Jardula said they were caught in a cloud of tear gas and had guns pointed at them by law-enforcement officers as they covered protests in Portland, Oregon, on July 21, 2020. They also said officers smashed the windows of a van they were using.Mayorca and Jardula, co-owners of The Convo Couch, a Los Angeles-based video news outlet, said they had arrived in Portland two days earlier to cover protests that had grown more intense …

Videographer punched by individual at Portland demonstration

July 21, 2020
Independent journalist Mason Lake said an individual assaulted him while he was covering a demonstration in Portland, Oregon, on July 21, 2020.The Portland-based videographer was covering one of the many protests that broke out in response to police violence and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the May 25 death of George Floyd. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is documenting assaults, arrests and other incidents involving journalists covering protests across the country.The Portland protests, held nightly since …

Three journalists hit with crowd-control munitions while covering protests in Portland

July 20, 2020
Three journalists said they were hit with crowd-control munitions by federal law enforcement officers while covering protests in Portland, Oregon during the early morning hours of July 20, 2020.Independent videographer Mason Lake said federal officers hit him nine times with pepper balls, including three times in the head. Cory Elia and Lesley McLam, co-hosts of a KBOO podcast who also work with news site Village Portland, said federal agents threw tear gas canisters toward them at least an hour later. …

Two Portland journalists hit by crowd-control munitions fired by federal agents, leaving one with multiple injuries

July 12, 2020
Two Portland-based journalists were hit by crowd-control munitions fired by federal agents while covering protests in the early morning hours of July 12, 2020.Independent journalist Garrison Davis was struck by a teargas canister, while photojournalist Mathieu Lewis-Rolland was hit with multiple rounds of non-lethal projectiles in a separate incident shortly after.The two journalists were documenting one of the many protests that have broken out across the U.S. in response to police violence and in support of the Black Lives Matter …

Photojournalist says Portland police seized GoPro as ‘evidence’ during protest

June 30, 2020
Portland photojournalist Alex Milan Tracy said the Portland Police Bureau seized his GoPro camera “as evidence” when he was covering a protest outside the police union office in the Oregon city’s North Portland neighborhood on June 30, 2020.The protest was one of the many that broke out across the U.S. in response to police violence and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is …
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