U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

AP reporter struck with projectile during Minneapolis protests

Incident Details

Date of Incident
May 29, 2020


Was the journalist targeted?
May 29, 2020

Associated Press photojournalist John Minchillo posted on social media that he was struck with a crowd-control munition while covering the fourth night of protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 29, 2020.

Protests in Minneapolis and across the nation were sparked by a video showing a police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a Black man, during an arrest on May 25. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Two days after the incident, Minchillo posted on Twitter that he was also struck by a less-lethal projectile while reporting that day, and said that police had fired indiscriminately.

“No distinctions were made... when I and my colleagues were hit by officers,” Minchillo wrote. “This is a protocol that I’ve not seen elsewhere.”

Minchillo could not be reached for comment.

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker documents journalists assaulted, arrested, struck by crowd-control ammunition or tear gas or who had their equipment damaged in the course of reporting. Find all incidents related to Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality protests here.

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