Independent photojournalist arrested for curfew violation in Los Angeles

June 2, 2020
Independent photojournalist Aaron Guy Leroux was arrested while covering protests in Los Angeles, California, on June 2, 2020.Protests that began in Minnesota on May 26 have spread across the country, sparked by a video showing a police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a black man, during an arrest the day before. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a hospital.Leroux told the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker that he was walking west on Sunset Boulevard with a colleague approximately …

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette journalist detained while covering Little Rock protests

June 2, 2020
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette deputy online editor Josh Snyder was detained by police while covering protests in Little Rock on June 2, 2020.Protests in Arkansas began four days earlier as demonstrations erupted across the country, sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died when a white police officer kneeled on his neck for more than 8 minutes during an arrest.Snyder was covering demonstrations in Little Rock on the evening of June 2 when he was …

Freelance journalist detained until colleague vouches for her to Los Angeles police

June 2, 2020
Samanta Helou-Hernandez, a freelance multimedia journalist, was detained by Los Angeles police on June 2, 2020 while covering a protest near the mayor’s residence.The protest was part of a wave of Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality demonstrations across the country sparked by the release of a video showing a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a Black man, during an arrest. Floyd was later pronounced dead in a hospital.The officer has been charged with …
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