Australia Orders Investigation Into Assault of Its Journalists

Lawrence Kim
June 3, 2020

During a live report by 7NEWS US Correspondent Amelia Brace, police stormed through a protest line near the White House, and on their way through assaulted both her and cameraman Tim Myers. According to 7News, Myers was struck in the chest by a riot shield and Brace was clubbed with a police baton.

"As Australia's Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, emphasised overnight, Australia is always supportive of people's right to peaceful protest and we encourage all involved to exercise restraint and to avoid violence".

Russia's embassy in Washington also issued a statement saying it was "unacceptable" for United States law enforcement officials to use rubber bullets against media workers, after an employee of the Kremlin-backed Sputnik news website said she was struck by rubber bullets.

Floyd, a black man, died after being knelt on by police during an arrest last week.

Protesters gathered behind barriers set up in Lafayette Square, which is located near the White House, on Monday evening ahead of a press briefing by President Donald Trump.

The incident happened as police forced protesters to disperse so that Trump could visit St. John's Episcopal Church for a photo-op.

"This is exactly what it looks like", says Brace as protesters scatter.

The journalists said they were later shot with rubber bullets and tear-gassed, which Brace said left the pair "a bit sore".

Payne said she asked the Australian embassy to investigate.

An officer dressed in riot gear can be seen in the video approaching Myers and hitting the camera before the sound of the broadcast is cut.

The police crackdowns follow Trump's advice to United States governors that they need to aggressively target violent protesters. "They were quite violent and they do not care who they're targeting at the moment".

In several cities, the demonstrations have spiralled into rioting, violent confrontations with police and looting, prompting National Guard deployments to around two dozen U.S. states and strictly enforced curfews.

The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia and the National Guard did not immediately respond to Insider with more information on the incident.

The prime minister called for an investigation to be launched by the embassy.

Senator Payne's comments came after Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese earlier called for the Australian ambassador to intervene.

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