PROTESTORS swarmed a CNN news crew, knocked one out with a water bottle and chased them away from filming on the fourth consecutive night of demonstrations in the wake of Daunte Wright’s death.
The team, which included reporter Miguel Marquez, were filming crowds screaming at police officers through a fence near the Brooklyn Center police precinct.The CNN crew were swarmed by angry protestors[/caption] One crew member was knocked out by a water bottle that was threw at him[/caption]
Two young women approached the CNN crew and demanded they instead capture the crowds across the street rather than the police – to which Marquez explained they do not control news coverage.
Media presence has become increasingly irksome to many protestors who don’t approve of the broadcasts – but this marks an obvious increase in violence towards journalists.
While discussing the dispute with the throng of demonstrators that have gathered, one crew member is horrifically struck on the head with a water bottle – which briefly knocks him out.
Some begin to mock the man, jibing: “A bottle of water knocked you out?!” while laughing. Others show concern for the disoriented man, calling out for a medic as he comes back to his feet.
“Yea yea I’m fine, its all fine people,” he then tells the group.
After a brief moment of calm, the team were then chased away by protestors, yelling “F*** out of here!” as some began hurling eggs.
The crew clamoured into a nearby car, with one saying:”We don’t want any trouble,” before driving away.
They appeared to bump into another vehicle as they attempted to make a hurried exit from the increasingly volatile scene.
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Duante Wright protesters last night waved a pig’s head at cops as chaos again erupted in Brooklyn Center, with hundreds storming the police station.
Demonstrators came out for the fourth night in a row since Wright, 20, was fatally shot by police officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop on Sunday.