WTF? Baltimore Police Beat And Arrest Reporters During Protests (VIDEO)

On Saturday night, more than a thousand people filled the streets of Baltimore to protest the death of Freddie Gray. Gray died a brutal death a week ago while in the hands of the Baltimore police. His spine had been severed and he went into a coma from which he never emerged.

There have been ongoing protests every day to the rallying cry of “All night, all day, we’re gonna fight for Freddie Gray!”

They have been peaceful and Saturday’s was reportedly mostly peaceful as well.

However, some in the crowd started breaking windows and throwing rocks. Police mobilized in riot gear outside of the Western District headquarters.

Reporters, of course, were covering and recording the protests. When a rock hit the shield of one of the officers, the police moved forward and swarmed the press.

They knocked City Paper Photo Editor J.M. Giordano to the ground. Five or six of them started beating him, in spite of the crowd yelling:

He’s a photographer! He’s press!

Giordano said:

They just swarmed over me. I got hit. My head hit the ground. They were hitting me, then someone pulled me out. I kept shooting it. As soon as I got up I started taking pictures.

He wasn’t the only one. The City Paper Managing Editor, Baynard Woods, was standing right beside the photographer and shot video of the whole thing.

The police were trying to keep Giordano from recording, having apparently not caught onto the fact that every move they make is going to be captured on video by someone — in this case, another member of the press.

Giordano reported that a Reuters photographer, Sait Serkan Gurbuz, was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct, and released.

The days of an ‘official police version’ being unquestioningly accepted as the truth are over. With citizens ending up dead while in custody or being shot in the back in the street, those days needed to come to meet their own sudden death.

The beating was quickly posted on Twitter and can be seen here:


Feature photo is a screenshot from the video.