From Minneapolis to Washington DC, from Louisville to Las Vegas, reporters are facing assault and arrest while reporting on widespread protests and unrest.
Another disturbing episode took place on Saturday, when Ian Smith, a photojournalist for KDKA TV in Pittsburgh, said he was “attacked” by protesters downtown. “They stomped and kicked me,” he wrote in a tweet from the back of an ambulance. “I’m bruised and bloody but alive. My camera was destroyed. Another group of protesters pulled me out and saved my life. Thank you!”
Reporters by and large said they wanted the attention to be focused on the communities they cover, not on their own safety concerns.
Still, the incidents provoked concern from a range of advocacy groups.
In Louisville, Kentucky, where protesters have been calling for accountability for a black woman who was fatally shot by police in March, an officer fired what appeared to be pepper balls at a reporter for WAVE 3 News, a local TV station.
The incident was broadcast live on the air. “Who are they aiming that at?” the anchor asked. “At us,” the reporter, Kaitlin Rust, replied.