U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

Magazine reporter grazed by rubber bullet while covering LA protest

Incident Details

Date of Incident
May 30, 2020


Was the journalist targeted?
May 30, 2020

Samuel Braslow, a reporter for Los Angeles Magazine, was struck by a crowd-control munition while covering protests in Los Angeles, California, on May 30, 2020.

The protests were held in response to a video showing a white police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a Black man, during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25. Floyd was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Protests against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement have been held across the United States since the end of May.

Samuel Braslow, a reporter for Los Angeles Magazine, tweeted that was covering protests outside CBS Studios when his leg was grazed by a projectile fired by police, breaking the skin.

Braslow, who did not immediately return a request for comment, wrote in subsequent tweets that he was “doing fine.”

The Los Angeles Police Department did not respond to an email requesting 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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