Freelance journalist hit with rubber bullet while covering protests in DC

August 31, 2020
Freelance journalist Andrew Jasiura told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that he was hit with a rubber bullet while covering protests in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 31, 2020.On the night of Aug. 30 and early hours of Aug. 31, Jasiura was covering protests against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in downtown Washington, D.C.The journalist, who has been covering the protests for several months as an independent photographer and filmmaker, said he was in the …

Journalist detained while covering DC protests

August 13, 2020
Freelance journalist Andrew Jasiura was detained and held for two hours by law enforcement while covering protests in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 13, 2020. Jasiura was released without charges after a Metropolitan Police Department lieutenant recognized him, the journalist told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker.On the evening of Aug. 13 and into the morning of Aug. 14, protestors demonstrating against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement marched through the neighborhood of Adams Morgan, according to …

Freelance photographer detained by Buffalo police

May 31, 2020
Freelance photographer Andrew Jasiura was briefly handcuffed by police officers while reporting on protests in Buffalo, New York, on May 31, 2020. Jasiura said he was harassed and singled out because he is a freelancer rather than affiliated with a mainstream news outlet.The protests were part of a wave of demonstrations across the country following the May 26 release of a video showing a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a black man, during an arrest. …