U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

OC Weekly photographer Brian Feinzimer attacked at pro-Trump rally

Incident Details

Date of Incident
March 25, 2017


Was the journalist targeted?
REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

Pro-Trump rally participants mix with Anti-Trump protesters as the two sides clash during a Pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., March 25, 2017.

— REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
March 25, 2017

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

After photographing a demonstrator who repeatedly hit Leopo with an American flag, the demonstrator turned on Feinzimer. He was then shoved and 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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