2 Park Police officers placed on admin duties during investigation on attack on Australian TV crew

Two U.S. Park Police officers have been assigned administrative duties while an investigation is conducted on an attack on an Australian TV crew covering the protests in D.C.

“As is consistent with our established practices and procedures, two U.S. Park Police officers have been assigned to administrative duties, while an investigation takes place regarding the incident with the Australian Press,” Park Police Chief Gregory Monahan said in a statement.

The incident occurred Monday live on air on the program “Sunrise.” Video shows reporter Amelia Brace and a cameraman Tim Myers knocked down. You can watch what happened below.

It happened in D.C. during the fourth night of protests, but Australian audiences saw it live Tuesday during their time.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison contacted the Australian Embassy in D.C. Tuesday and asked them to investigate the “troubling incident,” CNN reported.

U.S. Ambassador to Australia Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. issued a statement saying, “We take the mistreatment of journalists seriously, as do all who take democracy seriously.”

The Committee to Protect Journalists said there have been at least 125 press freedoms violations over three days of protests in the U.S.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has a master’s degree in interactive journalism from American University and a master’s degree in English Literature from The George Washington University.

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