Screengrab from KTVU video of Leigh Martinez assault

KTVU reporter assaulted while covering protest in Berkeley

August 27, 2017

Leigh Martinez, a freelance reporter for KTVU, was covering an anti-fascist protest in Berkeley, California, on Aug. 27, 2017, when a protester knocked her phone out of her hand.

In a video of the altercation shared by KTVU on its Facebook and Twitter accounts, one protester is shown attempting to block Martinez’s ability to film the march with a poster. A second protester approaches Martinez, saying, “Hey, can you not film this right now?” The protester then knocks Martinez's phone out of her hand. The protester was later arrested on suspicion of battery.

Martinez could not be reached for comment, but KTVU wrote on Facebook that Martinez says “the incident happened after an altercation with her photographer.”

In a response to KTVU photojournalist Randee Deason on Twitter, Martinez tweeted, “Yes, I’m okay. She hit my wrist. I was able to continue working.”

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