Journalist arrested while covering North Carolina protest

August 9, 2020
Police arrested freelancer Veronica Coit, who was covering protests in Asheville, North Carolina, on Aug. 9, 2020, and charged the journalist with “failure to disperse on command” and impeding the flow of traffic with a vehicle.The Aug. 9 demonstration was held to protest police brutality and the death of John Elliott Neville, who died in 2019 after a medical episode led to him being restrained in handcuffs by corrections officers in a North Carolina jail. Video of Neville in custody …

Law enforcement officer shoves, threatens local reporter with arrest during Charlotte protest

June 18, 2020
On June 18, 2020, journalist Justin LaFrancois was shoved and threatened by a Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s officer as he livestreamed the arrests of activists in front of the Mecklenburg County Detention Center in Charlotte, NC.LaFrancois, who is a co-founder and reporter at alternative newspaper Queen City Nerve, has covered the protests and demonstrations in Charlotte against police brutality since they started in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd, a Black man killed in Minneapolis by a …

Photojournalist struck in knee by projectile during Raleigh protests

May 30, 2020
Brad Simmons, a photojournalist for North Carolina station WRAL-TV, was struck with a crowd-control munition while covering protests in Raleigh, North Carolina, on May 30, 2020.The protest was among several demonstrations held across the country sparked by a video showing a police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a Black man, during an arrest in Minnesota on May 25. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a hospital.Simmons told the Committee to Protect Journalists — a founding partner of …

Raleigh broadcast station offices damaged during protests

May 30, 2020
The offices of ABC11, INDY Week and The News & Observer in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, were damaged during protests in the city on May 30, 2020.Alternative weekly newspaper INDY Week reported extensive damage to its newsroom, while ABC11 and The News & Observer newspaper both had windows smashed as protests stretched late into the night.The protests in Raleigh echoed demonstrations across the country sparked by a video showing a white police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, …
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