Journalist Permanently Blinded In One Eye After Being Shot With Rubber Bullet, Journalists Across The US Report Being Attacked From Police

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Journalist Permanently Blinded In One Eye After Being Shot With Rubber Bullet, Journalists Across The US Report Being Attacked From Police

A journalist in Minneapolis has been left permanently blind in one eye after being shot by the police with a rubber billet during the coverage of the protests for the killing of George Floyd, according to The New York Times.


A freelance photographer from Nashville, Linda Tirado, was collecting material during the protest in Minneapolis last Friday when she believes she was hit by a rubber bullet fired by a police officer.


She was wearing protective goggles at the time, but lost them when running away from tear gas. She told the paper, “I was aiming my next shot, put my camera down for a second, and then my face exploded, I immediately felt blood and was screaming, ‘I’m press! I’m press!’”



Demonstrators then took her to a safe area. She said that it was obvious that she was from the press. “I would say there is no way that anyone had looked at me and not known that I am a working journalist...That said, police have been pretty clear that they don’t care if you are working journalist.” she told the New York Times.



A spokesperson from the Minneapolis Police Department stated that police had not been asked to use rubber bullets in decades!


Unfortunately, Tirado was not the only member of the press to report being targeted and shot. A reporter from The Los Angeles Times, Molly Hennessy-Fisk, reported to also being shot with rubber bullets. A correspondent from CBS News, Michael George, tweeted he and his team were also shot with rubber bullets.



Furthermore, several local reporters also reported that they were attacked with what appeared to be rubber bullets.



It seems plausible that a group other than the Minneapolis Police Department is behind the firings of rubber bullets. The Minnesota State Patrol, The National Guard and other local police departments have been deployed.


Even though reporters covering the protests have been officially exempt from the curfew, many of them have reported running into authorities. A local TV photographer for example, has been reported to be taken away by police after identifying himself as a member of the news TV station.



After a CNN reporter was arrested on live TV last Friday morning, he demanded an apology from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, who issued it for a second time on Sunday: “I want to once again extend my deepest apologies to the journalists who were once again in the middle of this situation, were inadvertently but nevertheless detained...To them personally, and to the news organizations and to journalists everywhere, it is unacceptable.”Walz said in a press conference.



Journalists in other places in the US were also attacked.
In Louiseville, officers specifically went after a local TV news crew. Footage from the incident shows a policeman in riot uniform aiming and firing non-deadly bullets live on the air.


Several journalists in other places across the United States were also attacked. In Louiseville, police went after a local TV crew. The incident was recorded, and footage reveals a policeman in riot uniform aiming and firing rubber bullets live in the air.
The journalist can be heard shouting, “I’m getting shot,” “Who are they aiming at?” an anchor asks. “Directly at us,” the journalist says as an officer fires at the cameraman.















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