Journalist attacked during live broadcast at scene of California mass overdose

January 12, 2019

Meaghan Mackey, a reporter for KRCR News Channel 7, was attacked while broadcasting a Facebook Live from the scene of a mass overdose in Chico, California, on Jan. 12, 2019.

The news station has removed the video from its Facebook page, though numerous outlets have posted it, either edited or in raw version, such as here. In it, Mackey can be seen describing the scene before lifting up the camera to move closer.

While Mackey is out of view, a female voice can be heard.

“This is disrespectful, do you understand that,” the unidentified woman asks. “It’s dis-f—-ing-respectful, b——. Get the f—- out of here!”

Mackey screams and is apparently knocked to the ground as her attacker continues to shout obscenities at her. A male voice can be heard intervening in the attack just before the video cuts out.

The station released a statement on Twitter following the attack:

The following day, Mackey released an official statement on Twitter:

According to the Chico Police Department, no arrests have been made at this time.

Twelve people were hospitalized as a result of the mass overdose and one man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to The Associated Press.

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