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PM Scott Morrison calls for investigation after reporter and cameraman assaulted in US riots

Date Added: June 03, 2020 03:37:14 AM
Author: Sutra Web Directory
Category: Business & Services: News & Media

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has demanded an investigation into the assault of an Australian journalist and cameraman at the hands of US Police.

7NEWS US Correspondent Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers were assaulted during their coverage of riots near the White House in Washington on Tuesday morning AEST.

While live on air, Myers was struck in the chest by a riot shield and Brace was clubbed with a police baton.

Morrison has now requested the Australian Embassy in Washingon, DC, investigate the incident and provide further advice on registering the government’s concern.

It’s understood the embassy has also reached out to Brace and Myers to check on their wellbeing.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese earlier described the incident as “completely unacceptable” and called for a review.

Brace returned to cover the riots for Seven’s Sunrise later in the morning and recounted the ordeal.

“You heard us yelling that we were media... but they don’t care. They are being indiscriminate at the moment,” Brace explained on air.

“They were quite violent and they do not care who they’re targeting at the moment.”

Brace also expressed her gratitude to Myers who was “smashed” as he shielded her from harm.

“I’m very grateful for him, he’s a very experienced cameraman and has worked in war zones, so I felt very comfortable with him leading me out there, and he did a wonderful job.”

Craig McPherson, Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs said, “The attack on our reporter and cameraman in Washington today is nothing short of wanton thuggery.

“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.”

Violence has erupted across the country as rioters protest against police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

~ Via 7 News