Independent journalist targeted with pepper balls by federal agent

July 25, 2020
Independent journalist Seth Dunlap was shot with pepper ball rounds by a federal agent while he was covering protests in Portland, Oregon, early on the morning of July 25, 2020.Dunlap, a contributor to the social media news outlet FrontLine Access, was covering one of the protests that had been held in Portland on almost a nightly basis since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is documenting assaults, arrests and other incidents …

Independent journalist shoved by police, hit with crowd-control devices at Seattle protest

July 25, 2020
Independent social media journalist Joey Wieser said he was shoved by police and sprayed in the face and mouth with a chemical irritant while reporting on a protest in Seattle, Washington, on July 25, 2020.Protests in Seattle had been held regularly since George Floyd, a Black man, was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25. In late July, the Seattle protests intensified when the Trump administration deployed U.S. Department of Homeland Security officers to the city, Crosscut …

Times-Dispatch reporter detained while covering protests in Richmond

July 25, 2020
Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Sabrina Moreno was detained by police officers while covering protests in Richmond, Virginia, on July 25, 2020.On the day and into the night of the 25th, Moreno had been covering protests against racial injustice and police brutality that had moved through the city of Richmond and ended up outside the headquarters of the Richmond Police Department. The protest was among the many demonstrations that broke out in response to police violence and in support of Black Lives …

Photojournalist shoved by federal agent at Portland protest

July 25, 2020
Independent photojournalist Maranie Staab was shoved to the ground by a federal officer while she was reporting on protests in Portland, Oregon on July 25, 2020.Racial justice protests in Portland had been held nightly since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25. The protests had grown more intense as the presence of federal law enforcement increased in early July. A temporary restraining order on July 2 that barred the Portland police from harming or impeding …

Multiple journalists targeted projectiles while covering Seattle protest

July 25, 2020
Three Seattle-based journalists were assaulted by law enforcement officers while covering a protest in the city on July 25, 2020.Omari Salisbury, the founder of Converge Media, was pepper-sprayed, hit with projectiles and shoved. Converge producer John Mitchell was hit with a flash-bang grenade and pepper-sprayed. And Seattle Gay News reporter Renee Raketty was targeted with a blast ball.According to Crosscut, demonstrators that day had gathered in the Capitol Hill neighborhood both as part of the wave of protests in the …
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