Washington Post journalist chased by looters in Chicago

August 10, 2020
A journalist was chased by unknown individuals while covering unrest in Chicago on Aug. 10, 2020.Protests against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Movement have been held across the country after a viral video showed a white police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a Black man, during an arrest in Minneapolis, on May 25. Floyd was pronounced dead at a local hospital.Mark Guarino, the Chicago correspondent for The Washington Post, went downtown in the …

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 …

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. …

Youth smashes windshield of TV news crew’s car in Louisville

June 15, 2020
A young, unidentified male hurled a concrete block into the windshield of a television news crew’s car after a June 15, 2020, protest in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, video of the incident shows.The protest was held in response to the killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was shot dead by police on March 13, as well as the May 25 police killing of George Floyd, a Black man, during an arrest in Minneapolis. Protests against police violence and …

In lawsuit, two journalists outline attacks by Portland police while covering protests

June 6, 2020
Two journalists were attacked by police officers while covering protests in Portland, Oregon during the late hours of June 6, 2020.Independent journalist Donovan Farley was beaten with a wooden truncheon by a Portland Police Bureau officer while he was filming an arrest, and then the officer proceeded to mace Farley twice as he retreated, according to a class-action lawsuit filed by American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon. Cory Elia, an editor at Village Portland host of a KBOO podcast, …

Journalist arrested following Birmingham protest

June 4, 2020
Michael Harriot, a senior writer for the Root, was arrested while covering protests in Birmingham, Alabama, on June 4, 2020, according to published reports of the event.The protests were held in response to a video showing a Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a Black man, for more than eight minutes during an arrest on May 25. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. The incident sparked anti-police brutality and Black Lives Matter …

Mission Local journalist detained with protesters while covering Bay Area demonstration

June 3, 2020
Mission Local reporter Julian Mark was briefly detained by San Francisco police while covering a Bay Area protest on June 3, 2020.The protest was part of a wave of Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality demonstrations across the country. The demonstrations were sparked by the release of a video showing a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a Black man, during an arrest. Floyd was later pronounced dead in a hospital.Mark told the U.S. Press …

AL.com journalist arrested while covering Birmingham protests

June 3, 2020
Howard Koplowitz, a journalist with AL.com, was arrested while filming protests in front of Birmingham City Hall, in Birmingham, Alabama, on June 3, 2020. After being taken to the city jail for processing, Koplowitz was released without charges.Koplowitz was reporting that day with colleague Jonece Starr Dunigan, who was also arrested. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has documented her arrest here. Both journalists declined to comment.The protest was held in response to a video showing a Minneapolis police officer kneeling …

Reporter for AL.com arrested while covering Birmingham protests

June 3, 2020
Jonece Starr Dunigan, a journalist with AL.com, was arrested while filming officers outside Birmingham City Hall, in Birmingham, Alabama, on June 3, 2020. After being taken to the city jail for processing, Dunigan was released without charges.Dunigan was reporting that day with colleague Howard Koplowitz, who was also arrested. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker has documented his case here. Both journalists declined to comment.The protest was held in response to a video showing a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the …
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