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‘Wanton thuggery’: Outraged Australia to probe US police assault on its journalists masking White Home protest

‘Wanton thuggery’: Outraged Australia to probe US police attack on its journalists covering White House protest


The Australian embassy in Washington, DC will examine an obvious assault by the US police towards two Aussie journalists. The pair have been roughed up stay on air whereas masking a protest outdoors the White Home.

A crew working for the outlet 7News was focused on Tuesday whereas reporting from an illustration within the US capital towards police brutality. Correspondent Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers have been battered because the police cleared a protesting crowd, footage of the incident confirmed. Brace was hit with a baton, whereas Myers was attacked with a riot defend.

“We have requested the Australian embassy in Washington, DC to analyze this incident,” Australian Overseas Minister Marise Payne stated on Tuesday, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanded an investigation into the alleged assault. “I wish to get additional recommendation on how we might go about registering Australia’s robust considerations with the accountable native authorities in Washington,” she added.

Craig McPherson, Seven Community’s Director of Information and Public Affairs, in flip, stated, it was “nothing in need of wanton thuggery.

“They weren’t in anybody’s approach – simply doing their job,” McPherson stated, including that the corporate will file its personal complaints towards the police’s habits, calling the incident “abhorrent.”

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Brace, who returned to cowl the information after the assault, stated the officers’ actions have been indiscriminate and so they merely didn’t care that he and Myers have been members of the media.

What occurred to the Australian crew is certainly one of many cases of journalists reporting from protests within the US being caught up in violence and focused by law enforcement officials. Russia has demanded an investigation into an assault by Minneapolis police on a gaggle of reporters, which included a Russian correspondent who was pepper-sprayed.

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The US is at the moment experiencing nationwide protests and rioting over the loss of life of an African American man, George Floyd. He was arrested by Minneapolis police and pinned to the bottom, with one officer placing his knee on the person’s neck. An unbiased post-mortem confirmed that Floyd died because of being unable to breathe on account of their actions.

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