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AP photojournalist assaulted by bystander during event in Philadelphia

June 4, 2020

Associated Press photojournalist Matt Rourke was assaulted while covering an event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 4, 2020.

Rourke was part of a news crew photographing and interviewing Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw and Mayor Jim Kenney in North Philadelphia as the two toured the area following days of protests spurred by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The AP reported that as Outlaw and Kenney crossed the street, a bystander approached Rourke and punched him in the face, causing him to lose consciousness and fall to the ground. The outlet wrote that it is unclear what prompted the attack.

Officers tackled the man — later identified as Derrick King — and took him into custody. King has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, endangering another person and resisting arrest, the Tribune reported.

The Philadelphia Police Department did not respond to requests for comment.

Rourke, who could not be reached for comment, was treated at a hospital for significant facial injuries and has since been released.

King is facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, endangering another person and resisting arrest, the AP reported.

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