Two journalists assaulted while covering anti-lockdown protest at Oregon Capitol

December 21, 2020
Two journalists were assaulted by an individual while documenting an anti-lockdown protest at the Oregon Capitol in Salem on Dec. 21, 2020.KGW8 reported that far-right group Patriot Prayer had organized the demonstration at the Capitol, where lawmakers had convened for a special one-day session to address bills related to COVID-19 and wildfire relief.Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter Sergio Olmos tweeted at 1:15 p.m. that police had already declared it an unlawful assembly and officers in riot gear were stationing themselves about …

Journalists shoved by pro-Trump demonstrators in Salem, Oregon

November 7, 2020
Three journalists were shoved by pro-Donald Trump demonstrators while covering a rally in Salem, Oregon, on Nov. 7, 2020.Documentary photographer Joseph Rushmore and two members of the Portland-based press collective 45th Absurdist Brigade, who requested anonymity because they fear harassment from far-right groups, were pushed while covering one of the “Stop the Steal” rallies held around the country to promote President Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.In the wake of the election being called …

Journalist covering pro-Trump demonstration hit by paintballs in Oregon

September 7, 2020
Independent journalist Brian Conley was shot with paintballs by a person participating in a pro-Donald Trump rally in Salem, Oregon, on Sept. 7, 2020.For months, Oregon’s largest city, Portland, had witnessed frequent and heated protests over racial justice and police violence that were initially sparked by the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. At times, those demonstrations attracted counter-protesters, particularly ones who visibly claimed support of President Trump.On Sept. 7, a large group of Trump supporters gathered …