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tips@pressfreedomtracker.us@uspresstrackerTotal incident locations61Total Incidents* (From May 26):327
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No Longer Updated - Find all incidents here: Press Freedom In CrisisTotal States with an incident33* incident may include multiple arrests/assaults
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Please credit: U.S Press Freedom Trackerphysical attacks by police on press:47
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TOTALS:4954208173307349258340520327
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DateCityStateJournalist(s)OutletPublic Twitter HandleIncident Description/TweetTargeted?Arrest / Total AggressionsAlleged PerpetatorPhysicalTearPepperRubber Bullet /EquipmentBuildingOther / Special Notes /
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5/26/2020MinneapolisMNAndy MannixMinneapolis Star Tribune@AndrewMannixfired upon and hit by crowd control munitions
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5/26/2020MinneapolisMNNiko GeorgiadesUnicorn Riot@UR_Ninjahit in the arm by projectile fired by police, breaking the skin
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5/26/2020MinneapolisMNunknownunnamed reported assaulted on air by police while identifying as press
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5/27/2020MinneapolisMNJared Goyettefreelance journalist@JaredGoyettejournalist hit in the eye with projectile and tear gassed
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5/27/2020MinneapolisMNRicardo LopezMinnesota Reformerphysically yanked away by police clearing the area of media
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5/27/2020MinneapolisMNMax NesterakMinnesota Reformerstruck in the chest by a rubber bullet from the police
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5/27/2020MinneapolisMNDymanh ChhounWCCO-TVtear gassed while reporting
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5/28/2020MinneapolisMNKatie Nelsonfreelance journalistcaught in cloud of teargas while reporting on protests
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5/29/2020PhoenixAZBriana WhitneyCBS 3 & 5@BrianaWhitney“tackled” by man at protest outside Phoenix PD headquarters; he can be heard shouting “fuck her right in the pussy”sexual assault
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5/29/2020Los AngelesCAABC 7News van tagged/vandalized by protesters
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5/29/2020DenverCOTaylor Schuss9Newshit by a pepper ball in the ankle while covering protests
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5/29/2020DenverCOJamie Leary and Rob McClureCBS 4@JamieALearypepper sprayed by protester
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5/29/2020DenverCOHart W. Van DenburgColorado Public Radio@hartoutwestphotographer Hart W. Van Denburg hit on chin with tear gas canister
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5/29/2020DenverCOAdi Guarjardo & Jan CzernikDenver Channel@AdiGTVPhotojournalist shot four times with paintballs, camera broken
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5/29/2020DenverCOHyoung ChangDenver PostIG - hyoung_cccphotojournalist shot twice with pepper balls
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5/29/2020DenverCOMadeleine Teresa KellyIAPP Photojournalistshot directly with rubber bullet and then fired at with pepper balls; says she had extreme swelling and bruising, and smaller welts from the pepper balls
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5/29/2020AtlantaGACNNheadquarters defaced, windows broken
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5/29/2020AtlantaGAMiguel MarquezCNNreporter Miguel Marquz tear gassed
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5/29/2020AtlantaGAJulieta MartinelliFuturo Mediatear gassed, pepper sprayed, possible equipment damage
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5/29/2020AtlantaGAMatt JohnsonWSB-TV@MattWSBnews van had a rock thrown through the window
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5/29/2020Fort WayneINKarli VanCleaveABC 21 WPTA News@Karli_VanCleavejournalist hit with tear gas canister while covering protests
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5/29/2020IndianapolisINKelly WillinsonIndy Star@ericweddlephotojournalist Kelly Willinson threatened with loaded pepperball gunthreat
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5/29/2020LouisvilleKYKaitlin Rust & CrewWAVE 3@kaitlinrustWAVEPolice shoot directly at news crew covering Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville. Louisville PD have since apologized.
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5/29/2020LouisvilleKYWAVE 3news van vandalized by protesters
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5/29/2020LouisvilleKYSara SideryWDRB@SaraSideryWDRBteargassed by police without warning
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5/29/2020LouisvilleKYWHAS11@WHAS11forced to evacuate building for ~25 minutes after protesters started smashing windows
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5/29/2020LouisvilleKYPaul Ahmann & Deni Kamper WLKY@WLKYDeniWLKY chief photographer Paul Ahmann and reporter Deni Kamper assaulted
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5/29/2020LouisvilleKYStephon DingleWLKY@Stephon_DingleGroup of protesters threw their own flash bangs, hitting a WLKY news crew
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5/29/2020LouisvilleKYDeni KamperWLKY
news van “completely destroyed” by protests
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5/29/2020MinneapolisMNMadeleine BaranAPM Reports@madeleinebaranpolice pointed a weapon at journalist's head. Officer didn’t lower the weapon when the journalist identified herself and her colleague, Samara Freemark as press.
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5/29/2020MinneapolisMNJohn MinchilloAssociated Press photojournalist@johnminchilloshot at with less lethal projectile
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5/29/2020MinneapolisMNOmar Jimenez & CrewCNNnews crew arrested live on air
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5/29/2020MinneapolisMNTyler DavisDes Moines Register@TDavisDMRdeliberately sprayed by police while saying he was a journalist
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5/29/2020MinneapolisMNLinda Tiradofreelance photog@KillerMartinishit in the eye with a tracer round
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5/29/2020MinneapolisMNZach Robertsfreelance photog@ZDRobertshit with tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets while covering protest
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5/29/2020MinneapolisMNMikko Marttinenjournalist - Finlandalso shot at [at nearly the same time and Svanberg; bullet ricochet off ground and into his face, breaking his glasses
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5/29/2020MinneapolisMNNina Svanbergjournalist - Swedenshot with crowd control ammunition
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5/29/2020MinneapolisMNAl Tomkinsjournalist / POYNTER@atomkinstear gassing by police
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5/29/2020MinneapolisMNMicah GrimesMSNBC & NBC@MicahGrimesshot in the side with canister of green powder
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5/29/2020MinneapolisMNUnicorn Riot crewUnicorn Riot@UR_Ninjashoved into building by Minnesota state police while conducting an interview with a local business owner.
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5/29/2020MinneapolisMNunknown freelance journalistFreelancer told CPJ that some people forced the camera off her friend from the Star Tribune, threw it into a fire - Reached out to CPJ, trying to find more details
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5/29/2020Las VegasNVBridget BennettAFP@bridgetkbennettarrested and held over night
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5/29/2020Las VegasNVEllen SchmidtLas Vegas Review-Journal@ellenschmidtarrested, released morning of May 30
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5/29/2020New YorkNYunknownAssociated Press@melhumanAP photographer reportedly pepper sprayed by NYPD
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5/29/2020New YorkNYSue BriskIndependentjournalist tackled by bicycle police; harrowing story, saved by protesters; certain police seized camera
equipment seizure
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5/29/2020ColumbusOHJulia Lernerstudent journalist@juliawasherechased by police and maced three times
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5/29/2020DallasTXBret Kellyphotojournalist@BKSpxshooter11Photojournalist said law enforcement officer deliberately rolled a tear gas canister toward him
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5/29/2020Washington, D.C.FOX Newscamera crew chased out of Lafayette Park by protesters, mic stolen (2 targets)
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5/29/2020Washington, D.C.Hunter WalkerYahoo News@hunterwchased out of Lafayette Park by law enforcement. Had his phone knocked out of his hand :
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5/30/2020Little RockARShelby RoseKATV 7 News@KATVShelbyreporter assaulted while broadcasting live
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5/30/2020PhoenixAZJosh Sanders12News@JoshSandersTVhit in left thigh with rubber projectile, vehicle vandalized
vehicle vandalized
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5/30/2020PhoenixAZThomas Machowiczfreelance journalist
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5/30/2020Los AngelesCAABC 7
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5/30/2020Los AngelesCAnews crewABC 7@ABC7news crew caught in tear gas
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5/30/2020Los AngelesCAJintak HanDaily Bruin@jintakhanshot at with rubber bullets while wearing press creds and identifying as journalist
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5/30/2020Los AngelesCAOren Pelegfreelance journalistarrested for failure to disperse, detained for 30 minutes & released
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5/30/2020Los AngelesCALexis-Olivier Rayfreelance journalist@ShotOn35mmstruck in the stomach by LAPD after clearly identifying himself as a journalist
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5/30/2020Los AngelesCACerise CastleKCRW@cerisecastle‘LAPD just shot me and protestors gathered at Beverly & Fairfax with rubber bullets. I was holding my press badge above my head.’
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5/30/2020Los AngelesCALuis SincoLA Timesphotojournalist, had his camera damaged by rubber bullet
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5/30/2020Los AngelesCASam BraslowLos Angeles Magazine@SamBraslowreporter wounded by rubber bullet
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5/30/2020Los AngelesCARobert Spanglephotojournalist (GQ)IG - @thousandyardstyleFreelance photographer on assignment for British GQ photographer arrested
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5/30/2020Los AngelesCAKandist MallettTeen Voguejournalist shot with crowd control ammunition by LAPD
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5/30/2020Los AngelesCATina Desiree Berg
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5/30/2020OaklandCAJustin Sullivan
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5/30/2020OaklandCAStephen Lam
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5/30/2020San JoseCALen RamirezKPIX@lenKPIXreporter hit with rubber bullet while reporting live
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5/30/2020DenverCOJeremy Jojola9NEWS@jeremyjojolareporter Jeremy Jojola shot with rubber round while standing with cameraman
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5/30/2020DenverCODave SachsDenverite & CPR@DavidASachsreporter Dave Sachs shoved twice by police; tear gassed
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5/30/2020WilmingtonDEMike PhillipsWDEL
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5/30/2020WilmingtonDESean Greene
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5/30/2020ChicagoILWGN 9 News
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5/30/2020ChicagoILJonathan Ballew“pepper sprayed directly while holding my press pass up and screaming PRESS”
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5/30/2020ChicagoILErin Hooley
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5/30/2020Fort WayneINFox 55
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5/30/2020Fort WayneINJonathan Shelley & crewWPTAnews crew chased away by officer who says, “If I catch you, you’re going to jail.” walked them off the block and around the corner after they attempted to record an arrest
threat, chase, chilling statement
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5/30/2020IndianapolisINIndianapolis Star
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5/30/2020IndianapolisINIndianapolis Starnewsroom's front door shattered amid protests
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5/30/2020LouisvilleKYWDRB
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5/30/2020LouisvilleKYKailani Koenig & Cal Perryshot at and struck by pepper pellets
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5/30/2020BaltimoreMDFox 45 Newsnews crew chased, assaulted and robbed
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5/30/2020BaltimoreMDTimothy Wolferfreelance photojournalistdocumenting protests outside city hall; at ~9:45 p.m., police began tear gassing the crowd, and as Wolfer ran he was struck in the upper hip with a rubber bullet
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5/30/2020DetroitMIJ.C. ReindlDetroit Free Presspepper sprayed while holding up his “media” badge, taken to the hospital for treatment
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5/30/2020DetroitMIBrandon HunterDetroit Free Presssprayed with tear gas while reporting
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5/30/2020DetroitMInews crewDetroit Free Press
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5/30/2020MinneapolisMNSusan OrmistonCBCshot in the shoulder with a rubber bullet
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5/30/2020MinneapolisMNJohn MarschitzCBSsound engineer hit with a rubber bullet
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5/30/2020MinneapolisMNunknown producerCNN
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5/30/2020MinneapolisMNDW
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5/30/2020MinneapolisMNSefan SimonsDW
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5/30/2020MinneapolisMNTannen MauryEuropean Pressphoto Agencyarrested
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5/30/2020MinneapolisMNChristina PalladinoFox 9
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5/30/2020MinneapolisMNStephen Maturenfreelance photojournalistarrested
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5/30/2020MinneapolisMNCraig Lassigfreelance photojournalistarrested