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“Peaceful protesters” in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, the city where accused armed robber Daunte Wright was shot fatally during a traffic stop over the weekend, assaulted CNN crew members late Wednesday evening and then proceeded to chase them from the area.
The assault happened outside the Brooklyn Center police station.
Video footage from the altercation showed one crew member being hit in the head with a water bottle with so much force that he collapsed to the ground, prompting one of the “peaceful protesters” to mock him for letting a bottle “knock you out.”
Watch (*Graphic content, language warning):
Protesters throw a water bottle at a CNN crew member and hit him square on the head. They mock him when he falls down. pic.twitter.com/cBfRN9DJOj
— Nic Rowan (@NicXTempore) April 15, 2021
The footage seen above was recorded by Nic Rowan, a reporter with the Washington Examiner. Speaking later with Fox News, he said that after the incident above, a verbal exchange ensued and the protesters began “shoving” the crew members.
Another video recorded by Rowan shows what happened next: The CNN crew began quickly retreating from the area as the mob of “peaceful protesters” tailed after them, shouting for them to “get the f–k out of here.”
At one point, one of the crew members could be heard pleading, “We don’t want any trouble.” One of the “‘peaceful protesters” could meanwhile be heard explaining to another protester why the crew was leaving: “CNN being some b—hes, so we’re kicking them out.”
Once the crew had entered their vehicle and shut the doors, the “peaceful protesters” began pelting the vehicle with some substance.
Protesters just chased the entire CNN crew away from the police precinct. pic.twitter.com/r6TGmnBxIH
— Nic Rowan (@NicXTempore) April 15, 2021
The protesters were clearly not peaceful. In fact, they rarely are peaceful. Yet CNN has a history of covering for violent, unhinged protesters and rioters.
“Rowan said he also witnessed a rioter assault a Reuters journalist, knocking his equipment on the ground,” according to Fox News.
Despite the protesters clearly not being peaceful, the CNN “reporter” in charge of the crew, Miguel Marquez, couldn’t help but downplay their actions once again.
“My team and I are fine and I appreciate your concern. I hope for equal justice under the law and will continue to report on this vital story as it unfolds,” he tweeted after the incident occurred.
My team and I are fine and I appreciate your concern. I hope for equal justice under the law and will continue to report on this vital story as it unfolds.
— Miguel Marquez (@miguelmarquez) April 15, 2021
As of Thursday morning, the tweet boasted a ratio exceeding 550 percent. The majority of responses were unsympathetic, mocking and also angry.
As noted by critics, because of the media’s constant defense of violent protesters, these people now think it’s OK to act like this.
Somebody said you were nearly set on fire by your own gaslighting 😂💀💀 Walai I feel no sympathy for these people..these organization has down discord and hate for years, now they reaping the harvest https://t.co/p0sMP1jwPf
— Chukwudi The Booty Capone 🦁🇮🇱🇺🇸 (@don_Barzini_) April 15, 2021
You employer enables the mob, covers for them, helps create them. They are not your friend. They use you until they dont need you.
— TJDMCR – #BILLS FOLLOW (@TJDMCR) April 15, 2021
LOL! Peaceful protesters! CNN getting attacked by this crowd/thugs is like a pit bull mauling its owner.
You chose this! Do you still believe “Antifa is an idea”?
— AN BK (@annie_bk) April 15, 2021
Hope you learned a valuable lesson, specifically about the people you encountered there. How did you find their values, ethics, morals and commitment to non-violence?🤭
Trump, conservatives and republicans are the real enemy right?
— Outside American (@expatamericansg) April 15, 2021
Why did you leave? They were just showing you how peaceful they are. Don’t let this deter you, go back to you’re “peaceful protestors”
— misc (@treeofchill) April 15, 2021
One of your coworkers was assaulted but you spend your energy defending rioters in the face of those who attacked him.
— Dr. Doug Butt (@doug_butt) April 15, 2021
Reap the seed you sow.
— Teo Nikov (@Tennerkenny) April 15, 2021
Violence is never ok. But CNN and the rest of the media created and nurtured this monster, so they reap what they sew.
— Glitter (@Glitter71548943) April 15, 2021
It was a mostly peaceful assault and concussion. pic.twitter.com/qOoT3GRSC0
— Potato of Reason (@PotatoOfReason) April 15, 2021
Save for Marquez’s tweet, there appeared to be no coverage from CNN of its own crew members being assaulted by the protesters in Minnesota.
The lack of coverage prompted conservative journalist Steve Krakauer to ask, “Will this make the air on CNN?”
.@miguelmarquez and his CNN crew tonight. Will this make the air on CNN? https://t.co/Z06ALom40V
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) April 15, 2021
As of late Wednesday, the story had still not, in fact, made the air.
“Even though the crew was later chased away from the chaotic and violent scene, CNN never mentioned it on-air,” NewsBusters confirmed at 10:56 pm.
It’s not clear at this point what it would take for CNN to admit that the “peaceful protesters” it’s relentlessly defended for over a year are, more often than not, anything but peaceful …
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