This is a rolling list of assaults against photojournalists by police and protestors covering the George Floyd protests around the country. Some of the data is pulled from the Freedom of the Press Foundation’s list. This list does not include detainment without assault.
Journalists who have been arrested or assaulted by police can consider filing a civil rights lawsuit.
- June 4
- June 2
- NY: Robert Bumstead (video journalist) and Maya-E Wong (photojournalist) shoved by police. Bumstead pinned against car
- MN: Ed Ou & Mike Shum hit with pepper spray, concussion grenades, batons and tear gas by Minnesota State Police
- June 1
- May 31
- May 30
- MN: Lucas Jackson attacked by man with crowbar dressed as a “Medic”
- MN: Tom Aviles shot with rubber bullet and arrested by state patrol
- MN: Ali Veshi and CNN crew shot with rubber bullets and tear gassed by MN police
- MN: Carolyn Cole pepper sprayed by MSP
- NY: Linda Tirado shot with rubber bullet by police. Lost left eye.
- NY: Dennis Nett shoved to the ground by Syracuse police
- PA: Ian Smith stomped and kicked by protestors.
- CA: Sarah Belle Lin shot by rubber bullets by Contra Costa County Sheriffs
- CA: Stephen Lam hit with tear gas by police; At least 4 photographers robbed.
- CA: Luis Sinco shot with rubber bullets by LAPD. Camera damaged.
- May 29
Resources for photojournalists covering protests:
- PhotoShelter’s statement on racial injustice
- Police are Attacking Journalists at Protests. We’re Suing. (via ACLU)
- Roughed Up, Zip-Tied, and Under Arrest: Female photographers on documenting the George Floyd protests. (via ELLE)
- NPPA urges accountability for police who violate journalists’ rights
- Violence towards the media is on the rise. Here are tips to stay aware and safe while working on the street. (via NPPA)
- Safety, prep and knowing your rights (via Reynolds Journalism Institute)
- How to Flush Your Eyes if You’re Tear Gassed (via lifehacker)