U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

NBC reporter struck with multiple projectiles while covering Minneapolis protests

Incident Details

Date of Incident
May 29, 2020


Was the journalist targeted?
May 29, 2020

NBC and MSNBC reporter Micah Grimes wrote that he was struck by multiple munitions fired by law enforcement while covering the fourth night of protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 29, 2020.

Protests in Minneapolis and across the nation were sparked by a video showing a police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a black man, during an arrest on May 25. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

In the early evening, Grimes tweeted that a law enforcement officer deliberately fired a canister of green powder at him, hitting his torso.

“I turned back to him, he taunted me like would shoot me again, twice. Clear cheap shot,” Grimes posted. Grimes could not be reached for comment.

Neither the Minneapolis Police Department nor Minnesota State Patrol responded to requests for 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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