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‘Wanton thuggery’: Australian reporter knocked down by police live on air as she covered George Floyd protests in DC

Jun 02, 2020
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Reporter Amelia Brace reporting from protests in Washington DC, seconds after she and her cameraman were hit by riot pliceReporter Amelia Brace reporting from protests in Washington DC, seconds after she and her cameraman were hit by riot plice
Reporter Amelia Brace reporting from protests in Washington DC, seconds after she and her cameraman were hit by riot plice
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="US riot police were broadcast live on air using aggressive force to push and knock down an Australian reporter and her cameraman as they covered the Black Lives Matter protests in Washington DC, prompting an investigation by the Australian embassy.” data-reactid=”17″>US riot police were broadcast live on air using aggressive force to push and knock down an Australian reporter and her cameraman as they covered the Black Lives Matter protests in Washington DC, prompting an investigation by the Australian embassy.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Amelia Brace, a reporter for Australian television network Channel 7, was broadcasting from the White House with cameraman Timothy Myers when police plouged into the crowd with riot shields, firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse them.” data-reactid=”18″>Amelia Brace, a reporter for Australian television network Channel 7, was broadcasting from the White House with cameraman Timothy Myers when police plouged into the crowd with riot shields, firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse them.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Footage of the police barrelling at the camera and shoving the news team was viewed over a million times in a matter of hours. In another angle of the incident filmed by a protester, an officer can be seen hitting Ms Brace on the back with a baton.” data-reactid=”19″>Footage of the police barrelling at the camera and shoving the news team was viewed over a million times in a matter of hours. In another angle of the incident filmed by a protester, an officer can be seen hitting Ms Brace on the back with a baton.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="News anchors back in the studio can be heard asking Ms Brace if she and her cameraman are okay, and she later replies: “We’ve just had to run about a block as police moved in, we’ve been fired at with rubber bullets, my cameraman has been hit.” data-reactid=”20″>News anchors back in the studio can be heard asking Ms Brace if she and her cameraman are okay, and she later replies: “We’ve just had to run about a block as police moved in, we’ve been fired at with rubber bullets, my cameraman has been hit.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“We’ve also seen tear gas being used. You heard us telling that we were media, but they don’t care. They are being indiscriminate at the moment.” data-reactid=”21″>“We’ve also seen tear gas being used. You heard us telling that we were media, but they don’t care. They are being indiscriminate at the moment.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“They were quite violent and they do not care who they’re targeting at the moment.”” data-reactid=”22″>“They were quite violent and they do not care who they’re targeting at the moment.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Craig McPherson, the network’s director of news and public affairs, said in a statement: “The attack on our reporter and cameraman in Washington today is nothing short of wanton thuggery.” data-reactid=”23″>Craig McPherson, the network’s director of news and public affairs, said in a statement: “The attack on our reporter and cameraman in Washington today is nothing short of wanton thuggery.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“They weren’t in anyone’s way, just simply doing their job. To be belted with an armoured shield and then our reporter cop a truncheon in the back is abhorrent.” data-reactid=”24″>“They weren’t in anyone’s way, just simply doing their job. To be belted with an armoured shield and then our reporter cop a truncheon in the back is abhorrent.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“The prime minister has informed us he’s been in touch with our embassy in Washington to have the matter urgently investigated. We are making our own complaints through the appropriate channels.”” data-reactid=”25″>“The prime minister has informed us he’s been in touch with our embassy in Washington to have the matter urgently investigated. We are making our own complaints through the appropriate channels.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Foreign minister Marisa Payne told ABC radio the government has asked its embassy in the US to register its concerns with local authorities in Washington about the apparent assault.” data-reactid=”26″>Foreign minister Marisa Payne told ABC radio the government has asked its embassy in the US to register its concerns with local authorities in Washington about the apparent assault.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“We have asked the Australian embassy in Washington DC to investigate this incident,” she said.” data-reactid=”27″>“We have asked the Australian embassy in Washington DC to investigate this incident,” she said.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“I want to get further advice on how we would go about registering Australia’s strong concerns with the responsible local authorities in Washington.” data-reactid=”29″>“I want to get further advice on how we would go about registering Australia’s strong concerns with the responsible local authorities in Washington.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“So our embassy in the United States will approach the relevant authorities and Channel 7 will also provide us with their views on how they wish to deal with it.”” data-reactid=”30″>“So our embassy in the United States will approach the relevant authorities and Channel 7 will also provide us with their views on how they wish to deal with it.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The incident is the latest in a string of police attacks on members of the press covering the demonstrations erupting across the US, in protest over police brutality against people of colour and the murder of George Floyd.” data-reactid=”31″>The incident is the latest in a string of police attacks on members of the press covering the demonstrations erupting across the US, in protest over police brutality against people of colour and the murder of George Floyd.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Additional reporting by Reuters” data-reactid=”32″>Additional reporting by Reuters

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