Photojournalist aimed at with realistic AR-15 style airsoft gun in Portland

August 8, 2021
A man walking around downtown Portland, Oregon, aimed an airsoft gun modeled on an AR-15 rifle at freelance photojournalist Justin Yau on Aug. 8, 2021. The man was later arrested on charges of menacing and disorderly conduct, local NBC affiliate KGW reported.According to KGW, right- and left-wing demonstrators had clashed earlier that day at a religious gathering in Tom McCall Waterfront Park led by a Christian musician known for his opposition to COVID-19 restrictions. The groups, which had also clashed …

Journalist covering Portland protest struck by individual

April 16, 2021
Independent journalist Justin Yau said he was attacked and shoved to the ground by an unidentified individual while covering a protest at Lents Park in Portland, Oregon, on April 16, 2021.According to Willamette Week, Portland police fatally shot a man in the park that morning after receiving reports of a man pointing a gun. Demonstrators immediately gathered near the scene, yelling “shame on you," at police, which led police to declare an unlawful assembly shortly before noon, according to the …

Two journalists pushed by a Portland police officer while covering an arrest

August 20, 2020
Two independent journalists were pushed by a police officer in the early hours of Aug. 20, 2020, while they were attempting to film an arrest during a protest in southwest Portland, Oregon.Justin Yau, a student at the University of Portland whose work has been featured by the Daily Mail and The New York Times, and independent videographer Scott Keeler were covering one of the many protests that had broken out across the U.S. in response to police violence and in …

Journalists hit with crowd-control munitions fired by federal officers while covering a Portland protest

July 27, 2020
Two journalists said they were hit with crowd-control munitions fired by federal officers while they were covering protests in downtown Portland, Oregon, during the early hours of July 27, 2020.Justin Yau, a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Daily Mail and The New York Times, said he was hit in the right leg with a marker round. Emily Molli, a reporter for SCNR, an independent video-based outlet previously known as Subverse News, said a round hit her in …

Freelance journalist struck by tear gas canister fragments while covering protest in Portland

July 15, 2020
A federal law enforcement officer fired a tear gas canister toward freelance journalist Justin Yau on July 15, 2020 in Portland, Oregon, striking him with two burning fragments.Yau, a student at the University of Portland whose work has been featured by the Daily Mail and The New York Times, was covering one of the many protests that had broken out across the U.S. in response to police violence and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after the May …

Portland journalist arrested, his equipment damaged and seized

July 1, 2020
Freelance journalist Justin Yau was arrested on July 1, 2020, while filming the arrest of a protester in northeast Portland, Oregon.Yau, a student at the University of Portland whose work has been featured by the Daily Mail and The New York Times, was covering one of the many protests that had broken out across the U.S. in response to police violence and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the May 25 death of George Floyd. The U.S.