U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

Protesters smack away NBC News reporter Cal Perry's camera in Charlottesville

Incident Details

Date of Incident
August 11, 2018


Was the journalist targeted?
August 11, 2018

On Aug. 11, 2018, NBC News reporter Cal Perry was covering an anti-racist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, when protesters grabbed his TV camera and pushed it away.

Anti-fascist protesters gathered in Charlottesville to commemorate Heather Heyer, who was murdered during the far-right "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville the previous year.

While covering the demonstration, Perry tweeted that a number of protesters seemed hostile toward him and other reporters.

He later tweeted a video of an altercation with a protester.

“Fuck you, snitch ass news bitch,” a man can be heard saying in the video footage. “Fuck you!” The man then smacks the camera sideways.

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