Independent photojournalists hit with pepper balls fired by federal agents in Portland

October 18, 2020
At least two journalists were hit with crowd-control munitions fired by federal law enforcement officers during a protest in Portland, Oregon, on the early morning of Oct. 18, 2020, despite a court order banning federal agents from targeting press.Independent photojournalists Maranie Staab and Sean Bascom were both shot by pepper balls while covering a demonstration outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in South Portland.Protests had been held In Portland on almost a nightly basis since late May in …

Police strike with baton, shove journalists during Portland protest

August 14, 2020
At least three journalists were hit or harassed by police during a protest in Portland, Oregon, on the night of Aug. 14, 2020.Portland had experienced regular protests since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On the evening of Aug. 14, protesters gathered in North Portland's Peninsula Park and began marching. According to The Oregonian, their intended destination was believed to be the Portland police union headquarters.Just before 10:30 p.m., independent photojournalist Sean Bascom was filming at …