MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Two members of a Reuters TV crew were hit by rubber bullets and wounded in Minneapolis on Saturday night when police moved into an area occupied by about 500 protesters in the southwest of the city shortly after. from 20h. regress.
Filming by cameraman Julio-Cesar Chavez showed a policeman pointing directly at him as the police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
"A policeman I'm filming points his rubber bullet rifle straight at me," said Chavez.
Minutes later, Chavez and Reuters security adviser Rodney Seward were hit by rubber bullets while hiding at a nearby gas station.
In the footage captured while running for security, several shots are heard and Seward shouts: "I was hit in the face by a rubber bullet".
Asked about the incident, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder requested a copy of the video and made no immediate comment.
Seward is seen in later images being treated by a doctor near the scene for a deep cut under the left eye. Both suffered injuries to their arms, and Chavez was hit in the back of the neck.
Reuters journalists were clearly identified as members of the media. Chávez was holding a camera and wearing his press pass around his neck. Seward was wearing a bulletproof vest with a press tag attached.
The incident was the latest attack on a journalist covering the protests that arose in the United States after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.
A black CNN journalist was arrested on camera while covering protests in Minneapolis on Friday.
A television reporter from Louisville, Kentucky, shouted, "I'm getting shot" when she was seen live on camera on Friday being hit by what looked like a pepper ball. The Louisville Metro Police Department apologized for this incident.
The Press Freedom Reporters Committee, according to the New York Times, received about 10 reports involving journalists during the recent protests, ranging from attacks to threats.
(Writing by Leela de Kretser; Editing by Daniel Wallis)