MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Two members of a Reuters TV crew have been hit by rubber bullets and injured in Minneapolis on Saturday night time when police moved into an space occupied by about 500 protesters within the southwest of town shortly after the eight p.m. curfew.
Police intention at a Reuters TV cameraman throughout nationwide unrest following the loss of life of of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 30, 2020. REUTERS TV/Julio Cesar-Chavez
Footage taken by cameraman Julio-Cesar Chavez confirmed a police officer aiming straight at him as police fired rubber bullets and tear fuel to disperse the group.
“A police officer that I’m filming turns around points his rubber-bullet rifle straight at me,” mentioned Chavez.
Minutes later, Chavez and Reuters safety advisor Rodney Seward have been struck by rubber bullets as they took cowl at a close-by fuel station.
On footage captured as they ran for security, a number of pictures are heard ringing out and Seward yells, “I’ve been hit in the face by a rubber bullet.”
Asked concerning the incident, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder requested a replica of the video and made no rapid remark.
Seward is seen in later footage being handled by a medic close to the scene for a deep gash below his left eye. Both males sustained accidents to their arms, and Chavez was hit behind the neck.
The Reuters journalists have been clearly recognized as members of the information media. Chavez was holding a digital camera and sporting his press go round his neck. Seward was sporting a bullet proof vest with a press label hooked up.
The incident was the most recent assault on a journalist overlaying the protests which have erupted across the United States after the loss of life of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
A black CNN journalist was arrested on digital camera whereas overlaying the protests in Minneapolis on Friday.
A Louisville, Kentucky, tv reporter yelled, “I’m getting shot” as she was seen dwell on digital camera on Friday being hit by what gave the impression to be a pepper ball. The Louisville Metro Police Department apologized for that incident.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, based on the New York Times, had obtained about 10 experiences involving journalists through the latest protesting, starting from assaults to menacing.
Writing by Leela de Kretser; Editing by Daniel Wallis