Australia Orders Investigation Into Assault of Its Journalists

03 Juin, 2020, 07:38 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Brace and Myers were shot with rubber bullets and struggled to breathe after tear gas was fired at the crowd

7 News reporter Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers were covering the tensions in the United States capital ahead of remarks made by President Trump at the White House.

"We are in discussion with the State Department and they have offered assistance to identify where the complaint should be targeted", Sinodinos said.

"As Australia's Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, emphasised overnight, Australia is always supportive of people's right to peaceful protest and we encourage all involved to exercise restraint and to avoid violence".

Brace said that she and her videographer were trying to move but police kept pushing forward, rushing the crowd to edge protesters out of the park.

Channel 7 reporter Amelia Brace filmed a segment on the George Floyd protests Monday, that documented D.C. police firing tear gas at the peaceful protesters just as President Donald Trump was about to give his Rose Garden speech. Brace says the pair were forced into a corner as they were met with police and members of the National Guard.

The US ambassador to Australia, Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr., said on Twitter: "We take mistreatment of journalists seriously, as do all who take democracy seriously".

Both were shot with rubber bullets and faced the tear gas thrown at protesters near the White House, according to the Times.

Amelia Brace was clubbed with a truncheon
Camera Icon Amelia Brace was clubbed with a truncheon. Credit 7NEWS

Seven's director of news and public affairs Craig McPherson described the police actions as "nothing short of wanton thuggery".

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for an investigation into the incident from the Australian Embassy in Washington.

Morrison has requested that it be investigated by the Australian Embassy in Washington and that they should provide further advice on registering the concern of the Australian government.

Camera IconAmelia Brace was clubbed with a truncheon.

The police crackdowns follow Trump's advice to USA governors that they need to aggressively target violent protesters.

"We remain steadfast in our commitment to protecting journalists and guaranteeing equal justice under law for all", he added after quoting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the importance of a free press.

Law enforcement forcibly removed protesters from Lafayette Square near the White House on Monday evening, shortly before President Trump walked through the square to visit the historic St. John's Church.

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