Reporter and Camera Man Shot By Police With Pepper Bullets In Louisville

Reporter and Camera Man Shot By Police With Pepper Bullets In Louisville


I'm no fan of the Fake News Lamestream Media by I don't want to see them getting shot by police!

And that's what appears to have happened last night in Louisville.

Granted reports say they were pepper bullets or rubber bullets but….does that really make it ok?

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I can't imagine it does.

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CBS News also reported on the story:

Hours after a CNN reporter was arrested while covering protests in Minneapolis, a crew from an NBC affiliate faced its own violent interaction with police in Louisville, Kentucky. While providing live coverage of the protests in Louisville, the city where Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police in her own home, a WAVE 3 news reporter and her crew were directly shot with pepper bullets by police outfitted in riot gear.

The incident happened while the crew from WAVE 3 was live on air, when reporter Kaitlin Rust was speaking about the dozens of officers in riot gear standing shoulder-to-shoulder near Louisville City Hall, according to CBS affiliate WIVB. As she spoke to the station's anchors, she can be heard yelling, "I've been shot!" repeatedly. The videographer captured an officer directly pointing the gun at their team.

WAVE 3 published a story on the incident, saying that both Rust and photojournalist James Dobson appeared to have been shot by Louisville Metro Police. Both sustained minor injuries, the station said, but continued to cover the protests.

"When the officer fired at Ms. Rust and Mr. Dobson, the two had been following instructions, were standing behind the police line when they were fired upon, and were not disrupting or otherwise interfering with law enforcement," a statement from WAVE 3 News said. The statement said both Rust and Dobson were very visibly television professionals.

Rust was wearing a "bright yellow, reflective vest," and had a large field microphone, while Dobson had "an apparently very visible, professional-grade field television camera."

"We strongly condemn the actions of the LMPD officer who tonight repeatedly fired at and hit our reporter and cameraman, both of whom were courageously and lawfully covering breaking news in their community," they said. "There is simply no justification for the Louisville police to wantonly open fire, even with pepper balls, on any journalists under any circumstances."

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And from local WKYT:

A reporter for WAVE 3 News, Kaitlin Rust, and a photojournalist, James Dobson, appeared to have been hit by pepper balls, reportedly fired by a Louisville Metro Police Department officer, during a protest in the downtown area.

It was previously reported that the officer was firing rubber bullets, but LMPD spokeswoman Jessie Halladay said the department’s officers do not use rubber bullets, and it was likely that was Rust and Dobson were hit with pepper balls.

Halladay commented again on the incident during a Saturday morning briefing with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

“We believe it was one of our SRT officers; we are still trying to identify which officer,” Halladay said. “Targeting the media is not our intention. There was a lot going on last night, and to be fair to both the officer and to Kaitlin, we need to take a deeper look at what happened and what prompted that action. So we have said that we will do that and if there needs to be discipline we will address it.”

In response to what happened to Rust and Dobson, WAVE 3 News General Manager Ken Selvaggi issued a statement saying, “We strongly condemn the actions of the LMPD officer who tonight repeatedly fired at and hit our reporter and cameraman, both of whom were courageously and lawfully covering breaking news in their community. There is simply no justification for the Louisville police to wantonly open fire, even with pepper balls, on any journalists under any circumstances.”

The statement also said “When the officer fired at Ms. Rust and Mr. Dobson, the two had been following police instructions, were standing behind the police line when they were fired upon, and were not disrupting or otherwise interfering with law enforcement.”

During night two of several hundred protesters gathering downtown in wake of protests across the country following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, crowds appear to be larger and police are continuing their efforts to clear the area.

A WAVE vehicle was found vandalized downtown as the crowd intensified.

Louisville protesters want action taken against three LMPD officers involved in the death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, a black woman, in March. She was shot during a no-knock warrant that was being served at her home.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday morning no-knock warrants would be suspended in the city.

“To people who gathered downtown last night to protest,” Fischer said, “and to many more throughout our city and throughout our country who feel angry, hurt, afraid, frustrated, tired and sick of story after story of black lives ending at the hands of law-enforcement, I hear you.”

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