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• A slideshow of clear photo/video evidence from these invidents can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10-KvxXKg3TKmeD1QJd3fHJWjXm4qLEdIqQvQByMfWPA/edit#slide=id.gd797af04a3_1_16
• Incidents from 6/24/22 (Dobbs overturning Roe v Wade) are listed separately here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wPtxOKBeKaZMWSzo6I9GZEdF2UAb7roPnljhmA17nnU/edit
• More historical SoCal examples are in the documentary collection assembled by Adam Rose (contact him for details).
• More historical NorCal examples available listed this article: https://48hills.org/2024/03/cops-and-judges-cant-get-away-with-violating-reporters-first-amendment-rights/
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DateJournalistNews Organization
Law Enforcement Agency(ies)
LocationCoveringLEO ActionKnown Recourse/ResponseNotes/Links
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2024UnknownUnknownLA Police DepartmentDowntownOceanwide Plaza graffitiAt least 9 arrests of drone operators in Feb/Mar
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12/7/2022Lexis-Olivier RayLA TacoLA Police DepartmentBeverly Blvd and North Park View StreetHomeless camp sweepOfficer presses Lex for credentials, makes point about complying, no indication he'd given lawful orderhttps://twitter.com/ShotOn35mm/status/1600550778044747776
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10/17/2021Lexis-Olivier Ray, William Gude, Gude's AssistantLA Taco (Ray), Independent (Gude)LA Police DepartmentShined flashlight in camera, inappropriate dialogue, refused serial numberLAPD sustained the complaint per CF# 21-003286 (and CF# 22-002087)https://twitter.com/FilmThePoliceLA/status/1541547310458449920
https://twitter.com/FilmThePoliceLA/status/1542285014150221826
https://twitter.com/ShotOn35mm/status/1592999188731949056
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7/17/2021
Raquel Natalicchio
Zuma PressLA Police DepartmentKoreatownProtest (Wi Spa)Shoved against wall w/baton
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photographer-shoved-with-police-baton-at-la-wi-spa-protest/
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7/17/2021Vishal SinghIndependentLA Police DepartmentKoreatownProtest (Wi Spa)Arm broken by police batonClaim filed
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-07-20/la-me-lapd-force-claims-spa?_amp=true
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6/8/2021Lexis-Olivier RayLA TacoLA Police DepartmentBeverly Blvd and North Park View StreetHomeless camp sweepOfficer makes a point about Lex needing to "comply"n/ahttps://twitter.com/ShotOn35mm/status/1402304239741800450
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4/20/2021Cerise CastleKnock LA/Vice/multipleLA Sheriff's DepartmentDowntown LAProtest (BLM)Detained/physically movedhttps://www.instagram.com/tv/CN8oJjagaX9/
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4/15/2021Joey ScottFreelanceLA Police DepartmentHollywoodVigil/march (Daunte Wright)Scott approached officers asking where he could go as a member of the media. Officers would only yell at him to “leave the area."https://twitter.com/joeyneverjoe/status/1382940944131969025
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3/25/2021James QueallyLA TimesLA Police DepartmentEcho ParkProtest (Housing)Detained (zip tie)LAPD After Action Report in progress
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-03-25/lapd-detains-times-reporter-covering-unrest-in-echo-park
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3/25/2021Kate CagleSpectrum News 1LA Police DepartmentEcho ParkProtest (Housing)Detained (zip tie)LAPD After Action Report in progress
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-03-25/lapd-detains-times-reporter-covering-unrest-in-echo-park
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3/25/2021Keliyah "Gigi" WilliamsStudent (LACC L.A. Collegian)LA Police DepartmentEcho ParkProtest (Housing)Arrested and booked, ignored attempts to show press IDLAPD After Action Report in progress
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/student-journalist-arrested-while-covering-protest-at-las-echo-park-lake/
https://collegian.lacc.life/2021/03/27/clash-of-reporters-and-police-officers-at-echo-park-results-in-detained-student-and-journalists/
https://sundial.csun.edu/164104/news/echo-park-lake-unrest-recapped/
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3/25/2021[student journalist]Student (LACC L.A. Collegian)LA Police DepartmentEcho ParkPress conference (Mitch O'Farrell)LAPD denied access to presser (Leonard Law violation)LAPD After Action Report in progressUnsure if name is public, they were not arrested/detained. Leonard Law is a CA statute that provides student journalists get same access as all journalists.
https://collegian.lacc.life/2021/03/29/despite-resistance-from-neighbors-protesters-lapd-remove-last-unhoused-people-from-echo-park/
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3/25/2021Luis SincoLos Angeles TimesLA Police DepartmentEcho ParkProtest (Housing)Shot with rubber bullet, seemed intentional and for no apparent reason (hurt but not serious injury)LAPD After Action Report in progressConfirmed via phone call. He's the one limping away here in a tan-ish jacket: https://twitter.com/jonahmv/status/1375291350464126977
https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1375291314388967425/pu/vid/1280x720/xgkz1edYzfIdzIX0.mp4?tag=12
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3/25/2021Christian MonterrosaFreelance, AP Contributor, Credentialed by LAPDLA Police DepartmentEcho ParkProtest (Housing)Shot with rubber bullet, woundedLAPD After Action Report in progresshttps://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-photojournalist-hit-with-rubber-bullets-while-covering-echo-park-protest/
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3/14/2021Austin BaffaIndependentLA Police DepartmentHollywoodProtest (Breonna Taylor shooting 1 year anniversary)Shot in back of neck with 40mm LLM. "I lost feeling momentarily from the neck down. I fell to the ground and was disoriented and unable to move."LAPD said complaint was "unfounded" per CF-21-000759, despite video indicating Baffa was shothttps://twitter.com/buffalobaff/status/1371052290853851137
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11/4/2020Samuel BraslowBeverly Hills Courier / Los Angeles MagazineLA Police DepartmentDowntown LAProtest (BLM)Detained
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/beverly-hills-courier-reporter-detained-during-la-election-related-protest-released-without-charge/
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10/31/2020Jintak HanLos Angeleno
Beverly Hills Police Department
Beverly HillsProtest (Trump)Shoved, camera damaged, wrist sprained
BHPD investigation classified it as an unintentional use of force, officer acquitted internally. Photog has ongoing claim against the city for the damages.
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photojournalist-shoved-ground-equipment-damaged-during-beverly-hills-political-protest/
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10/28/2020Lexis-Olivier RayLA TacoLA Police DepartmentDowntown LADodgers WS Street CelebrationsTackled and hit with batons, causing scrapes and breaking camera mic. LAPD attempted to charge Ray for failure to disperse.
https://twitter.com/ShotOn35mm/status/1321352709899907073
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-03-18/journalist-accused-lapd-assault-police-tried-to-have-him-prosecuted
https://www.lataco.com/police-attack-reporter-crime-law/
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10/27/2020Emily HolshouserDaily Sundial (CSUN)LA Police DepartmentDowntown LADodgers WS Street CelebrationsShot in hip with LLMhttps://twitter.com/emilyytayylor/status/1321344609847369729
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10/11/2020Samuel BraslowBeverly Hills CourierLA Police DepartmentDowntown LALakers Championship Street CelebrationsHit Samuel's phone with rubber bullet
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/la-police-officer-hits-reporter-with-projectile-another-points-weapon-at-journalists-during-lakers-celebration/
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9/24/2020Lexis-Olivier RayLA TacoLA Police DepartmentDowntown LAProtests (Breonna Taylor)Officers physically force Ray from public space, refuse to answer if there's an unlawful assembly and just demand he "comply"https://twitter.com/ShotOn35mm/status/1309041476614139904
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9/16/2020Gigi GracietteFox 11LA Sheriff's Department
East Los Angeles
Suspect Arrest (non-protest?)Deputy shined flashlight in camera, Sheriff apologizedSheriff apologized
https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/national-international/reporter-arrest-josie-huang-media-companies-complain-villanueva/2429457/
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9/12/2020Josie HuangKPCC / LAistLA Sheriff's DepartmentLynwood, CAProtest after presser (re: deputies shot/ambushed)Assaulted, attempted distruction of evidence by deputy, arrested, booked, charges dropped (not filed by DA)
https://laist.com/latest/post/20200913/80222d039da6e2435bed1e10df36e367457cd4af
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9/12/2020Nasser (Nash) BakerOnScene.TVLA Sheriff's DepartmentLynwood, CAProtest after presser (re: deputies shot/ambushed)"physically pushed, struck, and threatened"Lawsuit filed against County/department
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-05-05/photojournalists-sue-lapd-l-a-county-sheriff-over-alleged-abuses-at-protests
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9/8/2020Pablo UnzuetaStudent (CSULB Daily 49er)LA Sheriff's DepartmentSouth LAProtest (Dijon Kizzee)Arrested, equipment siezed, memory card seized and not returnedDepartmental complaint filed, denied
https://www.presstelegram.com/2020/11/17/lawyers-demand-csulb-student-journalists-equipment-be-returned-and-an-apology-issued-for-his-arrest-at-protest/
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9/8/2020Julianna LacosteFreelanceLA Sheriff's DepartmentSouth LAProtest (Dijon Kizzee)Shot with LLM, arrested, cell phone seized, camera broken, backpack straps cut off
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/freelance-journalist-assaulted-arrested-during-la-protest/
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9/8/2020Brian FeinzimerFreelance, credentialed by LASDLA Sheriff's DepartmentSouth LAProtest (Dijon Kizzee)Hit with multiple projectiles
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photojournalist-shot-with-projectile-and-pepper-ball-at-south-los-angeles-protest/
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9/7/2020Jintak HanFreelanceLA Sheriff's DepartmentSouth LAProtest (Dijon Kizzee)Hit by munition, thanks to goggles only minor injury around eye
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photojournalist-hit-crowd-control-munition-during-la-protest/
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8/21/2020Ringo ChiuFreelance (LAPD and LASD credentials)LA Police DepartmentTujunga Protest (BLM-Trump)Injured by rubber bulletDepartmental complaint filed, investigation completed months ago but department hasn't told Ringo the result
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photojournalist-struck-rubber-bullet-during-protest-clashes-l/
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6/21/2020Ringo ChiuFreelance (LAPD and LASD credentials)LA Sheriff's DepartmentCompton
Protest ( Andrés Guardado)
Injured by rubber bullet
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photojournalist-struck-crowd-control-munitions-during-compton-demonstration/
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6/3/2020Julian MarkMission LocalSFPDMission (SF)Protests (BLM)Detained despite SFPD issued credentialChief apologized
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/mission-local-journalist-detained-protesters-while-covering-bay-area-demonstration/
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6/2/2020Sheraz SadiqKQEDSFPDSan FranciscoProtest (BLM)Detained 10 minsSFPD spokesperson said the department was reviewing body camera footage
https://www.kqed.org/news/11822469/george-floyd-police-violence-protests-curfew-bay-area
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6/2/2020Sakura SatoFreelancer (Guild Freelancers, Pacific Media Workers Guild)SFPDSan FranciscoProtest (BLM)Arrested, cited, charges droppedSFPD spokesperson said the department was reviewing body camera footage
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/journalists-detained-one-arrested-covering-protest-against-san-francisco-curfew/
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6/2/2020Terry McSweeneyNBC Bay Area
Oakland Police Department
OaklandProtest (BLM)Detained (handcuffed)
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/nbc-bay-area-reporter-detained-police-while-covering-oakland-protests/
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6/1/2020Aaron Guy LerouxFreelanceLAPDHollywoodProtest (BLM)Arrested (charges dropped) for curfew violation by one officer after other officers let him pass with credentials.
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-photojournalist-arrested-curfew-violation-los-angeles/
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6/1/2020Katie NielsenKPIX CBS
Oakland Police Department
OaklandProtestDetained (handcuffed)Department spokesperson apologized
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/reporter-detained-while-covering-oakland-protests/
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6/1/2020Jeoffrey ZingapanBlack Zebra Productions (on assignment for and with credentials from Sacramento Bee)Sacramento PDSacramentoProtestsDetained (handcuffed)Per SacBee, "The Police Department has assured us that moving forward, Black Zebra will be afforded the same freedoms to report as other media outlets"
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/videojournalist-detained-during-sacramento-protests/
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5/31/2020Barbara DavidsonFreelance (won Pulitzers/Emmys, longtime LA Times)LA Police DepartmentFairfax DistrictProtest (BLM)Shoved to ground, camera damagedNot addressed in LAPD's After Action Report nor two independent investigations of LAPD conduct during larger protests
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/pulitzer-prize-winning-photojournalist-shoved-ground-lapd/
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5/31/2020Adolfo Guzman-LopezKPCC / LAistLong Beach PDLong BeachProtest (BLM)Injured by rubber bulletMayor apologized, Internal Affairs investigation announcedhttps://laist.com/latest/post/20200723/agl-lbpd-foam-round
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5/31/2020Leonardo CastañedaSJ Mercury NewsSFPDSan FranciscoProtest (BLM)Detained (zip tied) after IDing himself as press. A captain acknowledged that he was press and would still be detained.
“The police captain in charge of the operation that night came by and said, ‘I can see you’re press. We’re going to detain you but we’re not going to take you to the county jailhouse for processing,’” Castañeda said."
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/reporter-detained-zip-tied-and-searched-while-covering-san-francisco-protest/
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5/31/2020Paula RosadoUnivisionLikely SMPDSanta MonicaProtest (BLM)Injured by rubber bullet
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/primer-impacto-reporter-injured-rubber-bullet-during-protests-santa-monica/
https://www.univision.com/shows/primer-impacto/el-momento-en-el-que-una-reportera-de-primer-impacto-fue-alcanzada-por-una-bala-de-goma-durante-las-protestas-en-los-angeles-video
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5/31/2020Maggie AngstSJ Mercury NewsSan Jose PDSan JoseProtest (BLM)Ordered on ground, threatened with violenceMayor apologized, Chief pledged investigation
https://www.sanjoseinside.com/news/sj-mayor-calls-detention-of-reporters-very-troubling/
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5/31/2020Luke JohnsonSan Jose SpotlightSan Jose PDSan JoseProtest (BLM)Ordered on ground, threatened with violenceMayor apologized, Chief pledged investigation
https://sanjosespotlight.com/im-a-journalist-who-was-detained-by-san-jose-police-for-doing-my-job/
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5/31/2020Brianna SacksBuzzFeedSMPDSanta MonicaProtestDetained (zip tied), equipment taken/returned
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/buzzfeed-news-journalist-detained-while-covering-santa-monica-protests/
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5/31/2020Aaron CantúFreelanceLAPDDowntown LAProtest (BLM)Detained 20 mins, zip-tied. Cordial interaction, but officer warned them about upcoming curfew when press was exampted.
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/journalist-detained-covering-downtown-l-protest/
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/journalist-detained-during-downtown-los-angeles-protest/
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5/31/2020Kandist MallettFreelanceLAPDDowntown LAProtest (BLM)Detained 20 mins. Cordial interaction, but officer warned them about upcoming curfew when press was exampted.
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/journalist-detained-covering-downtown-l-protest/
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/journalist-detained-during-downtown-los-angeles-protest/
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5/30/2020Ringo ChiuFreelance (LAPD and LASD credentials)LAPD and/or LASDFairfax DistrictProtest (BLM)Injured by rubber bullet, camera damagedNot addressed in LAPD's After Action Report nor two independent investigations of LAPD conduct during larger protests
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photojournalist-struck-rubber-bullet-his-camera-damaged-during-l-protest/
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5/30/2020Nicholas SternFreelance (20+ years experience)LA Police DepartmentFairfax DistrictProtest (BLM)Repeatedly struck by baton, shot twice with projectilesLawsuit filed against City and department
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-05-05/photojournalists-sue-lapd-l-a-county-sheriff-over-alleged-abuses-at-protests
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photojournalist-hit-with-multiple-projectiles-while-covering-la-protest/
https://www.vjamesdesimonelaw.com/lawsuit-filed-over-police-abuse-of-press-at-floyd-protests/
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5/30/2020Luis SincoLA TimesLAPD and/or LASDDowntown LAProtest (BLM)Rubber bullet broke camera, caused bruisingNot addressed in LAPD's After Action Report nor two independent investigations of LAPD conduct during larger protests
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/rubber-bullet-hits-la-times-photojournalists-camera-and-arm/
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5/30/2020Kyle GrillotReuters (freelancer on assignment)LAPD and/or LASDHope/OlympicProtest (BLM)Hit by rubber bullet, no serious injuryNot addressed in LAPD's After Action Report nor two independent investigations of LAPD conduct during larger protests
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/photojournalist-struck-projectile-during-la-protests/
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5/30/2020Chava SanchezKPCC / LAistLAPD and/or LASDFairfax DistrictProtest (BLM) "baton-checked" / tear gasNot addressed in LAPD's After Action Report nor two independent investigations of LAPD conduct during larger protestshttps://laist.com/2020/05/31/reporters_injured_protests_police.php
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5/30/2020Cerise CastleKCRWLA Police DepartmentFairfax DistrictProtest (BLM)Injured by rubber bulletDepartmental complaint filedhttps://laist.com/2020/05/31/reporters_injured_protests_police.php
Per offline convo, formal complain was initially filed
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5/30/2020Jintak HanStudent (UCLA Daily Bruin)LA Police Department?ProtestShot at with rubber bulletsNot addressed in LAPD's After Action Report nor two independent investigations of LAPD conduct during larger protestshttps://twitter.com/jintakhan/status/1266918983598354432?lang=en
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5/30/2020Lexis-Olivier RayLA TacoLA Police Department?ProtestHit in stomach after repeatedly identifying himself as a journalist
https://twitter.com/ShotOn35mm/status/1266875832569483264
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-04/videos-capture-police-violence-aggression-amid-l-a-protests
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5/30/2020Samuel BraslowBeverly Hills Courier / Los Angeles MagazineLAPD and/or LASDFairfax DistrictProtest (BLM)Injured by rubber bulletNot addressed in LAPD's After Action Report nor two independent investigations of LAPD conduct during larger protestshttps://laist.com/2020/05/31/reporters_injured_protests_police.php
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5/30/2020Sarah Belle Lin IndependentRichmond PD (mutual aid), possibly Contra Costa SheriffOaklandProtest (BLM)Injured by rubber bullet, later shoved by riot shield while injuredLawsuit filed against City of Richmond
https://www.sfchronicle.com/local/article/East-Bay-freelance-reporter-sues-Richmond-after-15998531.php
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/journalist-demands-response-why-she-was-shot-projectile-when-her-press-gear-was-visible/
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5/30/2020Andrew DyerSan Diego Union-Tribune
La Mesa PD and/or San Diego SD
La MesaProtestShot by bean bags
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/sheriffs-deputies-shoot-reporter-with-pepper-balls-in-california-protests/
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5/30/2020Aaron Guy LerouxFreelanceLASD (possible LAPD)Pan Pacific Park (Corner of Beverly and Stanley)ProtestShot by sponge round
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5/30/2020Jonathan MayorcaThe Convo CouchLA Police DepartmentFairfax DistrictProtest (BLM)ArrestedLawsuit filed: https://nlg-la.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/06/AMENDED-COMPLAINT-ECF.pdf
Extensive video available, with no apparent dispersal order
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-journalist-says-la-police-damaged-his-equipment-while-arresting-him/
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5/30/2020Fiorella Isabel MayorcaThe Convo CouchLA Police DepartmentFairfax DistrictProtest (BLM)ArrestedUnclear, not on Jonathan's (her brother's) lawsuit
Extensive video available, with no apparent dispersal order
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/independent-journalist-says-la-police-damaged-his-equipment-while-arresting-him/
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5/29/2020Len RamirezKPIX CBSSan Jose PDSan JoseProtest (BLM)Shot by rubber bullet
https://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/san-jose-journalist-hit-rubber-bullet-back-during-live-coverage-protest/
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5/29/2020Scott BudmanNBC Bay AreaSan Jose PDSan JoseProtest (BLM)Teargassed
https://www.sanjoseinside.com/news/sj-mayor-calls-detention-of-reporters-very-troubling/
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2020Chava Sanchez AND Emily GuerinKPCC / LAistUnclearSanta MonicaProtestGuns pointedhttps://laist.com/2020/05/31/reporters_injured_protests_police.php
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2020 (3x)Sean Beckner-CarmitchelFreelanceLA Police Department
Multiple (Echo Park)
ProtestsArrested, charges pendinghttps://pressfreedomtracker.us/all-incidents/?targeted_journalists=694
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