Criminal violence escalated in Baltimore overnight Monday as numerous reports came out that members of the media were being targeted by rioters.
Fox News reporter Rick Leventhal described his experience to Shepard Smith Monday night.
“There were a lot of people on the street who were upset, just at our being there,” Leventhal said. “And we got harassed by some people, and some people started following us and yelling at us, and then people started throwing bottles at us.
“It got really hairy.”
Leventhal and his crew weren’t injured, but other members of the media didn’t fare so well.
Protesters? Tweeters called journalists out for not knowing what they were reporting on.
— Loren Heal (@lheal) April 27, 2015
Others suspected the injury was fake.
— Alec Rome (@RomeForReal) April 28, 2015
— Amaterasu Solar (@AmaterasuSolar) April 28, 2015
@jimspellmanTV there’s nothing indicating a struggle here. No bruising, not a rock. Clean cuts. Looks more self inflicted or with help
— UNMENTIONABLE VICE (@unmentionedvice) April 28, 2015
For any doubters, though, there were many more attacks.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) April 28, 2015
Our photo editor Chris Assaf was just assaulted by a mob of looters while taking pictures on Howard Street — Carrie Wells (@cwellssun) April 28, 2015
Our friend & fellow mom reporter @petulad from @WashPostDC was attacked tonight in Baltimore. Thanks stranger who rescued awesome Petula!
— Rebecca Cooper Dupin (@ABC7Rebecca) April 28, 2015
One of our photographers is at Mercy after getting jumped and attacked downtown; another reeks from 15 feet away of smoke from the fire
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) April 28, 2015
— Breaking News (@Breaking911) April 27, 2015
Not everyone is feeling a lot of empathy for the media.
— Karen Doe (@KarenDoe50) April 27, 2015
— Anarchist Dalek (@AnarchistDalek) April 28, 2015
— Till Odinson (@thetillshow) April 28, 2015
The following video purportedly shows a cameraman being attacked outside a mall in Baltimore.
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