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CBS producer shoved by police while covering protest in Washington, D.C.

Incident Details

Date of Incident
August 12, 2018


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A screengrab from a video uploaded to Twitter shows Metropolitan Police Department officers shoving CBS producer Christina Ruffini on August 12, 2018.

— Twitter/@EenaRuffini
August 12, 2018

CBS News producer Christina Ruffini was shoved by police officers while reporting on a far-right protest in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12, 2018.

Metropolitan Police Department officers "kettled" a group of protesters and journalists, including Ruffini, forcing them into a small, contained area with no exits. As lines of MPD officers continued to shove them backwards, the group found themselves pushed up against the side of an MPD police car.

Ruffini later tweeted a video showing the kettle.

"Guys, there's a car here," Ruffini can be heard yelling in the video. "Stop pushing! Stop pushing, you're hurting people!"

Officers then grab Ruffini and shove her next to the MPD car.

Ruffini said that she showed the officers her press badge, which identifies her as a journalist, but that did not stop them from manhandling her.

Daily Beast reporter Kelly Weill tweeted a similar video of MPD officers shoving journalists and protesters in the kettle.

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