Obviously, they’re doing all they can to prevent the revolution from being televised.
The latest attack on photographers comes to us from Occupy Oakland in the ensuing moments after a man was gunned down.
Rather than go after the gunman, who got away despite being in a crowded area, the activists attacked at least two journalists trying to record the aftermath.
KGO-TV videographer Randy Davis was pummeled by a mob of men, ending up with a concussion.
According to Media Bistro:
“He was attacked by about a dozen men as he was trying to shoot the scene around the shooting,” KGO reporter Laura Anthony told TVSpy.
“The shooting itself happened just minutes before our 5 p.m. live shot. [The] station was rolling on our camera position and you can hear 6 shots.”
Anthony reported on the incident during KGO’s 6 p.m. newscast. “The crowd was upset and tried to block the view of our photographer, who tried to get shots of what was happening,” she said.
The Oakland Tribune, which posted the above picture on Twitter, reported the crowd was yelling “No cameras!” and “No media!” while Davis was under attack.
Aimee Allison of Oakland Seen pulled out a cell phone to start recording, only to have someone rip it out of her hands and toss it.
At about 4:45pm Thursday evening, a crowd of thirty surrounded a man apparently shot in the head at Frank Ogawa Plaza near Oakland City Hall. He appeared unconscious and was bleeding from the head when I arrived at the scene, a full ten minutes before the police and ambulance arrived. Women were screaming, and many in the crowd were moaning from the unexpected traumatic event. Several were aggressively shouting, “no pictures” and linking arms around the injured young man
There were no police officer visible on the scene. Here’s the video I took before a man in the crowd attacked me as I attempted to take a photo. He threw my cell phone camera some 20 feet away. Another in the crowd returned the phone.
KGO-TV did not air footage of the attack, but it did air footage of a reporter about to do a live shot when shots rang out in the background.
The above photo was snapped by Oakland Tribune photographer Jane Tyska, whom I’ve wrote about last year when she won a settlement stemming from her arrest for taking photos.
Instead of helping police and journalists in trying to identify the murderer, the activists were solely concerned with trying to distance themselves from the incident, insisting that the victim was not part of Occupy Oakland.
But the San Francisco Chronicle confirmed he was part of the camp.
Meanwhile, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan asked activists with cameras if they had any video or photos that could possibly help identify the murderer.
If they did, they would probably be afraid of turning it in out of fear of retaliation from other activists.