U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

Florida broadcast photographer assaulted outside of jail

Incident Details

Date of Incident
August 17, 2023
Miami, Florida


Was the journalist targeted?
August 17, 2023

A WPLG-TV photographer was assaulted in Miami, Florida, on Aug. 17, 2023, while covering the release from jail of a woman accused of grand theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

The station reported that the woman ran out of the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center covering her face with papers when she was released on bond. A man, identified as the woman’s father, confronted the WPLG photojournalist for filming her, shoving the journalist and shouting expletives.

In footage from the incident, the man can be heard shouting, “Stop fucking filming my fucking kid” and “You’re a fucking criminal.”

South Miami Police Sgt. Fernando Bosch told WPLG, “I just saw the video and that’s an assault.” The Miami Police Department Public Information Office did not respond to a voicemail requesting additional information.

WPLG did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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