CBS journalist reports ‘minor dust up’ while covering D.C. election protest

November 4, 2020
CBS national reporter Christina Ruffini and her crew were briefly accosted while covering election-related, pro-Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 4, 2020.Ruffini tweeted footage of the incident, which she described as a “minor dust up with protestors outside #blmplaza who didn’t like us filming,” referring to Black Lives Matter Plaza, a two-block section of 16th Street in Washington stretching north from the White House.

Independent journalist detained in police roundup during LA protest

November 4, 2020
An independent journalist, who asked to be identified only by the anonymized Twitter handle of @desertborder, was one of at least four members of the press detained while documenting election-related protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in downtown Los Angeles, California, on Nov. 4, 2020.The journalist told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that at approximately 7:30 p.m. a small protest was winding down near the intersection of West 5th and South Hill streets near Pershing Square. Only …

Journalist accosted by person in ‘black bloc’ during Election Day protest in D.C.

November 3, 2020
Freelance journalist Eric Thomas was pursued and threatened by an unidentified individual and had his phone knocked from his hand while he covered election night demonstrations in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 3, 2020.At 10:53 p.m., Thomas posted a video to his Twitter account showing an individual in head-to-toe black — a technique for evading identification known as black bloc — walking toward the journalist as he filmed the interaction with his smartphone.The person was part of a group of about …

Photojournalist shoved to the ground, equipment damaged during Beverly Hills political protest

October 31, 2020
Los Angeleno photojournalist Jintak Han was assaulted by a law enforcement official dressed in riot gear while reporting on clashes between protest groups in Beverly Hills, California on Oct. 31, 2020, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Han told the Committee to Protect Journalists.Han said that he was taking pictures of a protest staged by supporters of President Donald Trump and a counterprotest when he was pushed to the ground by an officer from the Beverly Hills Police Department. Though Han said …

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 …

Two journalists hit with projectiles during Portland protest

October 17, 2020
At least two journalists were hit with crowd-control munitions fired by law enforcement officers during a protest at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Portland, Oregon, on Oct. 17, 2020.Racial justice protests had been held regularly in Portland since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Several protests in the city have targeted federal government buildings, and on the evening of Oct. 17, protesters marched on the ICE building in South Portland.Freelance photojournalist Cole Howard told …
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