As protests against police brutality continue around the country, more than a dozen journalists have been injured and arrested by police officers while working.
Protests broke out in Minneapolis, then spread around the country, after George Floyd died Monday when a police officer used a knee chokehold on him. Floyd's pleas for his life, saying “I can’t breathe,” in an event that was captured on video echoed the killing of Eric Garner and brought renewed attention to the violence people of color face from police.
Since then, journalists have been documenting the crowds of thousands who have gathered in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Seattle.
“Targeted attacks on journalists, media crews, and news organizations covering the demonstrations show a complete disregard for their critical role in documenting issues of public interest and are an unacceptable attempt to intimidate them,” said Carlos Martínez de la Serna of the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement condemning police actions. “Authorities in cities across the U.S. need to instruct police not to target journalists and ensure they can report safely on the protests without fear of injury or retaliation.”
Below are some of the injuries and arrests that have been captured through videos and images.
Journalists from several news organizations have reported on social media that police have either arrested, harassed, or fired upon them with less-than-lethal force while covering ongoing protests.
On Friday, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and his crew were arrested live on camera, despite identifying themselves as journalists and offering to move. They were released from police custody a few hours later.
LA Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske posted a video of herself describing an encounter with Minnesota State Patrol officers during which she said a group of reporters identified themselves as press. The officers fired tear gas at the journalists “point-blank” without responding to the reporters’ pleas to tell them where they should go, she said.
Hennessy-Fiske said she was hit in the leg with a rubber bullet and posted a photo of her injury on Twitter:
A photographer and activist was also struck in the left eye with what she believed was a rubber bullet and said she has been permanently blinded in that eye:
Several other reporters have also said they have been pepper-sprayed or arrested:
On Sunday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz apologized for the second time about the ongoing arrests.
“It is unacceptable,” he said, adding he recognized the role journalists have to play in the protests. “I take full responsibility for that and won't equivocate no matter how difficult the environment is.”
In Denver, staff photographer Hyoung Chang for the Denver Post said police fired canisters of tear gas at the crowd and also fired pepper balls directly at him.
In Louisville, Kentucky, police were captured on camera shooting what appear to be pepper balls at a local TV camera crew.
"I was wearing a vest with 'Press' in reflective lettering, and I was shot several times in the chest, legs, and my right arm," journalist James Dobson wrote on Saturday.
A WAVE 3 News reporter was also struck while on air.
In Los Angeles, police shot rubber bullets at a radio journalist and shattered the rear window of another’s car:
In New York, two journalists — one reporter for the Huffington Post and one CNN commentator — were arrested.