As violence escalated in Charlotte, N.C. Wednesday night, reporters became part of the story as protesters turned on the media.
CNN anchor Don Lemon stopped the broadcast feed as a CNN camera crew was confronted by rioters who attempted to block the camera yelling “F**king liars!”
“As happens in these particular situations, the crowd gets out of control and then they try to assault or at least intimidate our camera people and our news people,” Lemon said.
Fox News reporter Steve Harrigan got into a verbal confrontation with a woman he was interviewing when she accused him of wanting video to “make a f**king fabricated story” about what was going on.
As tensions mounted for the second night in Charlotte following the fatal shooting of Keith Scott, a black man, by police, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency.
Media crews found themselves becoming part of the story as reporters attempted to cover the rioting.
CNN’s Ed Lavandera was knocked down while he was reporting live and other stories surfaced of confrontations between media and the rioters, including disturbing footage of a photographer who was almost thrown into a fire.
#Charlotte rioters literally tried to burn a photographer alive by throwing him on burning trash cans.
Rescue by police.
— Deplorable Halley (@HalleyBorderCol) September 22, 2016
CNN reporter gets too close to the chaos in Charlotte https://t.co/lML8Bc0bdI pic.twitter.com/a58t1P2bgX
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) September 22, 2016
Damn, CNN’s Boris Sanchez just stood up to Charlotte protester who threatened to hit him. This was after another correspondent got hit.
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) September 22, 2016
NBC reporter walks off bc he was asked why he only recorded the crowds aggression nd not peaceful protest #charlotte pic.twitter.com/PUXotjLOv2
— D (@DarrenJG28) September 21, 2016
One of our crews was attacked in Uptown.
Reporter & Cameraman taken by ambulance to hospital.
— Mike Hanson (@MikeWCNC) September 22, 2016
CNN’s correspondent in Charlotte was just hit in the face by a protester. Very hostile crowd and volatile situation tonight
— Pat McMahon (@PatMcMahonDC) September 22, 2016
Camera crews and reporters eventually began to evacuate the volatile area.
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We are officially evacuating all of our FOX crews from uptown Charlotte. National Guard en route, SWAT sent out, protests escalating.
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOX46) September 22, 2016
UPDATE: We are leaving Uptown Charlotte. Situation becoming unsafe.
— Brett Baldeck (@BrettFOX46) September 22, 2016
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