D.C. police officer assaults freelance photographer Craig Ruttle at demonstration

September 6, 2018
Freelance photojournalist Craig Ruttle was documenting a far-right protest in Washington, D.C. on August 12, 2018, when a police officer charged at him and body-slammed him.Ruttle was covering the white supremacist rally Unite the Right II for Newsday. Ruttle tried to photograph a group of approximately 20 white nationalists, who emerged from the Foggy Bottom metro station and were soon surrounded by Metropolitan Police Department officers. “The scene was chaotic,” Ruttle told Freedom of the Press Foundation, describing the way …

Portland Mercury reporter Kelly Kenoyer shoved while filming Patriot Prayer rally

July 11, 2018
Portland Mercury reporter Kelly Kenoyer was shoved while covering a far right rally in Portland, Oregon, on June 3, 2018.“It was a scary experience—the first violent protest I’ve covered, and I had a bit of that violence directed at me,” she wrote in a piece for Portland Mercury. Kenoyer told Freedom of the Press Foundation that she began covering the Patriot Prayer rally around 4 p.m., at which point there were around 20 people aligned with the far-right Patriot Prayer …
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