U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

OC Weekly intern Frank Tristan attacked at pro-Trump rally

Incident Details

Date of Incident
March 25, 2017


Was the journalist targeted?
REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

Demonstrators send off white doves from the beach as they protest in support of U.S. President Donald Trump during a rally in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., March 25, 2017. 

— REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
March 25, 2017

Frank Tristan, an intern at OC Weekly, was assaulted alongside OC Weekly photographers Julie Leopo and Brian Feinzimer on March 25, 2017, while covering a pro-Donald Trump march in Huntington Beach, California.

As demonstrators attacked Brian Feinzimer, Tristan attempted to intervene and was repeatedly punched by an unidentified assailant.

According to OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano, an officer was asked to pursue the man but refused.

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