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Multiple news vehicles vandalized in Louisville amid protests

May 29, 2020

The news vehicles of two local broadcast stations were vandalized on May 29, 2020, during protests in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Associated Press reported that protests in Louisville have centered around the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, both of whom were black. Taylor was shot eight times in her Louisville home in mid-March by narcotics police who broke down her door. Floyd died on May 25, after a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, knelt on his neck for several minutes during an arrest. Video of Floyd’s death has sparked protests across the country

WAVE 3 reported that amid the protests on May 29, one of the station’s news vehicles was found vandalized in the downtown area as the crowd intensified.

The station did not immediately respond to requests for additional information or comment.

During the protests that night, two WAVE 3 journalists were deliberately shot with pepper balls by a Louisville police officer.

Two separate vehicles belonging to WLKY News were also vandalized that night. In a video broadcast by the station, protesters can be seen jumping on one news vehicle and kicking out its windows.

A second WLKY vehicle was kicked and dented by rioters while they were in the vehicle filming looting at a liquor store, according to a tweet from station anchor Julie Dolan.

This article was updated May 31, 2020, to reflect a second WLKY vehicle that was targeted and damaged that same evening.

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is documenting damage of equipment and multiple journalists arrested or struck by crowd control ammunition or tear gas while covering related protests across the country. Find all of these cases here.

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker catalogues press freedom violations in the United States. Email tips to [email protected]

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