More Journalists Are Being Assaulted in the U.S., Tarnishing America’s Image

More Journalists Are Being Assaulted in the U.S., Tarnishing America’s Image
Police officers enveloped by teargas in Portland, Oregon, March 29, 2020 (photo by Dave Killen for The Oregonian via AP Images).

Shelby Rose, a correspondent for KATV news, was in the middle of a live broadcast in Little Rock, Arkansas, when someone in the crowd smashed an object on her head. It was May 30, less than a week after the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis, and the first night of protests against the incident in Little Rock.

Rose and her crew had set up near the state capitol. She recounted that they were swarmed by angry people who screamed at them.

“I didn’t understand,” Rose said. “It was the first night of protests, so we hadn’t covered anything yet. I was immediately the enemy.”

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