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Rubber bullets crack windshield on FOX 9 new vehicle

Incident Details

May 30, 2020

A vehicle used by FOX 9, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Fox affiliate, was hit with two rubber bullets, which cracked its windshield, on May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis, according to tweets from two network reporters, Dawn Mitchell and Amy Hockert.

The incident occurred as the crew was reporting about ongoing protests in Minneapolis relating to the May 25 death of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis police custody.

Hockert tweeted around 9:30 p.m. that two rubber bullets hit the car and that everyone was OK.

Mitchell tweeted that the Minneapolis Police Department fired the bullets. The two reporters appeared not to be with the crew at the scene.

Hockert could not be reached for comment via email. Christina Palladino, a FOX 9 reporter who was part of the crew in the car, according to Mitchell’s tweet, could not be reached via email. In a tweet about the incident, Palladino wrote “we are all good!”

FOX 9 did not return CPJ’s voicemail requesting comment.

The MPD did not return CPJ’s emailed request for comment.

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