Five Journalists Beaten and Robbed by Rioters While Covering Baltimore Violence

Ashley Collman, Daily Mail, April 28, 2015

Journalists in Baltimore, Maryland got a taste of war reporting Monday night as they covered the race riots that broke out in the city in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death.

In the violence that broke out in clashes between police and rogue protesters, at least five reporters and cameramen were injured, according to journalism organization Poynter.

All of the journalists targeted on Monday say they were attacked by the rioters–and not police.

A cameraman for CCTV, a Chinese news station that focuses on issues impacting Asia and Latin America, posted a photo showing blood streaming down his face after a  protester beat him and stole his camera.

Another cameraman named Oliver Janney told Poynter that he was attacked while filming the chaos live for CNN.

‘I have a broken nose and three stitches in my upper lip,’ Janney told Poynter.

‘I got jumped covering Baltimore violence. Broken nose, busted lip, phone stolen. I’m ok,’ he later tweeted.

A Baltimore Sun reporter tweeted around 9pm that one of the paper’s photographers had been attacked by a group of rioters while trying to take pictures on Howard Street.

‘People were yelling at him “stop taking pictures,”‘ Sun writer Carrie Wells tweeted.

Wells says the group then ran after Assaf, tackled him to the ground and beat him while he was laying helpless. And Wells says police ‘didn’t really help’.

‘I ran around the cover from where my colleague was being beaten and screamed at large group of police to help and they backed away from me,’ Wells said.

Luckily Assaf was able to escape and make it to the hospital where he was treated for a bruise to his face.

He later tweeted a picture of himself, saying he was ‘not the only one in the emergency room who got beat up tonight.’

Another Baltimore Sun journalist, reporter Justin Fenton, also said he was attacked but that a member of the Bloods gang helped him pull him to safety.

Washington Post reporter Petula Devorak was also targeted by opportunistic rioters, but came away from the burning Baltimore having experienced an act of kindness.

Devorak says she was taking down notes on her phone when someone bumped into her and grabbed the device.

‘I chased after him, screaming, and other protesters knocked into me, tripped me and shoved me to the ground. They circled around me, some with bricks or rocks or bottles in their hands.

‘But one boy pushed through the crowd and pulled me up, another came to my other side. “We’ll get your phone back, come over here,” he said, pulling me away from the knot of teens and toward some other journalists, one of whom had a bloody scrape on his head,’ Devorak wrote.

Baltimore TV reporter Christie Ileto with WJZ was also injured, when she was accidentally sprayed with mace by a protester. She says police helped flush her eyes of the burning liquid.

Meanwhile, CBS 21 photojournalist William Speiders posted a picture of their news truck riddled with nearly a handful of small holes caused by the protesters throwing rocks at police.

Following the afternoon of violence, 15 police officers were injured with at least two in a serious condition.

After several businesses were looted and set on fire, the governor of Maryland called in the National Guard and a curfew was put in place for minors.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake promised to hold rioters accountable for the damage.

The violence on Monday comes just two days after a reporter for Russia Today had her purse stolen while reporting on the Gray demonstrations.

Video shows the moment Gray protesters robbed Pauling Leonovich of her handbag.

At first, the men only to want to get their message across–one addresses the camera to say ‘Rest in peace to my man Freddie G’.

But as others gather they start to jeering anti-police messages and get rowdier–eventually coming so close to Leonovich that she falls over.

Seconds later she gets up and starts chasing a man down the street, shouting ‘Give it back . . . give me back my bag!’ He is then tackled to the floor by police.

Leonovich can be heard crying on the footage, which ends shortly after the arrest.

The Russian reporter works for Ruptly, a video agency owned by the Putin-sponsored Russia Today network, which has devoted extensive resources to covering civil unrest in the U.S.

That same night, City paper photographer J.M. Giordano posted video showing the moment he was tackled by police while covering Saturday’s marches.

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  • The first death due to the mayhem on the Fergaza Strip back in August was that of some white woman who worked for some alt-left internet news/clickbait website.

    • evilsandmich

      And like then, I’m reaching for my itty-bitty violin.

      • John Smith

        And drink a few beers before watering the flowers on their grave….

  • DonReynolds

    This is the first GOOD news to come out of Baltimore since the rioting started.

    • Chip Carver

      It’s the feel good story of the day. Too bad there aren’t more like this.

      How many attackers did Brian Williams have to fend off while trying to resurrect his career?

      • Realist


  • ElComadreja

    Liberals to a man I’ll wager. The beatings were richly deserved.

  • Oil Can Harry

    These journalists would never go swimming with sharks or sleep in a cave with grizzlies but they think they can chill with black rioters.

    • Mack0

      It’s the same mentality that causes people to keep wild animals like tigers and chimps as pet. They put a cute little outfit on bobo the chimp and make him perform tricks and forget he’s a wild animal. They are always surprised when bobo turns on them and bites their face off.

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    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      Liberal white people see themselves as good whites, as opposed to all the fire-breathing evil whites on this site, so liberal white people are surprised when non-white people like them.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Howdy Oil Can Harry… you win the award for the day for best comment on AR…Congrats! And, very true!

    • Jacobite2

      Don’t mess with the Black Gorilla Army.

      • InAFreeCountry

        It’s the Black Gorilla Fambly, innit?

        • Jacobite2

          I don’t really speak Ebonics, I just know a few words.

    • InAFreeCountry

      They’re Just Like Us!

  • Rurik

    Can you say schadenfreude? I knew you could.

    • Jim Kental

      Ode To Joy is playing in my house.

      • Rurik

        Turn up the volume.

  • In this case, I am on the side of the rioters. I hope they get some more MSM “journalists”.

  • Zimriel

    Don’t credit me for this insight (I found it in another site’s comments) but, these aren’t so much thefts as confiscations. The rioters don’t want all that high-end equipment. A lot of that stuff is going to end up broken anyway.

    They want to have their faces NOT on the telly while they go ransack a store that has stuff that they do want. They’re censoring that part of the news.

  • paul kersey

    welcome to baltimore

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    Did these reporters believe they possessed some form of immunity in this riot? Hundreds of angry blacks, throwing rocks at police, burning buildings and cars, angry at anyone who is white. You’re a white journalist, what could go wrong?

    • John Smith

      Liberals feel their hypocritical “sympathy” for the “oppressed” is a magic shield. Blacks should hate liberals more than they hate klansmen, considering where any real oppression they experience comes from.

      • Deacon Blue

        I am a bit conflicted here. While reading about Black on White crime
        infuriates me, I am always happy to see a Progressive, angry Libtard
        {White or otherwise} get a bit of comeuppance.

    • Tim

      I learned that lesson watching the evening news in El Salvador a lifetime ago. The night where the soldiers killed the journalist not knowing there were two more hiding in a car with a camera 15 feet away. Remember that?!?

    • Tannenbaum

      Did these reporters believe they possessed some form of immunity in this riot?

      Yes, they do. They’re liberals, you see, and they expected the feral animals to recognize them as one of their own.

  • Puggg

    I want to stop hearing about the other side of the world’s WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) and start hearing about our own cities WMD (Weapons of Municipal Destruction).

  • LHathaway

    Feel good story of the day. Even inside a feel good story there is a feel good report,

    “Wells says the group then ran after Assaf, tackled him to the ground and beat him while he was laying helpless. And Wells says police ‘didn’t really help’”.

    I guess we ALL have those we consider less than human, even the non-entities or subhumans. Journalists being that group for me.

    • Deacon Blue

      Yeah, but the journalists will devote half a sentence to getting beat down by the
      nogs and paragraph after paragraph about how the {White} police did virtually
      nothing. You need to get with the narrative. No matter what its YT’s fault.

  • Jim Kental

    Now this is very good news…… oh Karma can be so sweet. This may be the reason the press is now reporting some truth (especially about Freddie Grey injuring himself on purpose). But we need many more newsmedia Marxists to get some sense knocked into them.

  • John Smith

    Of course the cops aren’t going to help when these asswipes get beaten. They know they’re the main ones helping pour the gasoline onto the fire and dragging the police through the mud with no real facts.

  • Hilis Hatki

    “And now they know the rest of the story.”

  • KenelmDigby

    Despite all this, these horrible disgusting liars of ‘journalists’ will still do their uttmodt to push the line of ‘poor sweet innocent black victim hood’ and ‘nasty, evil, whitey oppressor’.
    The only lesson they will only understand is if they are beaten to an inch of their lives or if they actually lose their lives altogether.

  • Lexonaut

    “All of the journalists targeted on Monday say they were attacked by the rioters–and not police.”

    Not attacked by the police? They must be joking. I think it’s time reporters rioted engaged in peaceful demonstrations to protest the obvious police brutality. I mean, did these reporters punch themselves in their faces? Or destroy their own equipment? Give me a break.

  • slobotnavich

    How comforting that a couple of dutifully liberal MSM reporters got themselves mugged while reporting on the criminal activities of their favorite “oppressed minority.”

  • DiversityIsDeath


  • Realist

    “Five Journalists Beaten and Robbed by Rioters While Covering Baltimore Violence”

    Such poetic justice.

  • Light from the East

    A faithful report from Baltimore is worth than thousands of words.

  • how about this

    “I ran around the cover from where my colleague was being beaten and screamed at large group of police to help and they backed away from me,’ Wells said.”

    When in the Third World, asking the police for help is not a winning strategy.