Police, Demonstrators Target Journalists Covering George Floyd Protests

Police tear gas journalists
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Journalists are shocked by dozens of incidents in which reporters were harassed, attacked or arrested while covering the protests and riots sparked by the death of George Floyd. 

Protests have spread across the county following Floyd’s death last week after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. 

Some of the protests turned into riots during the overnight hours and as journalists took to the streets to cover the events, many found themselves swept up by the violence. 

According to the Associated Press, one organization has logged more than 230 incidents targeting journalists since Floyd’s death. The wire service also recorded video of at least two journalists being harassed by NYPD officers while covering arrests Tuesday night in Brooklyn. 

Dan Shelley, executive director of the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA) says his group has seen over 200 incidents of journalists either being threatened by protesters or police.

“In many cases – the most egregious cases &