Thursday, January 8, 2009
ABC7 photographer attacked during protest
KGO ABC7 photographer Dean Smith was attacked Wednesday night while covering an Oakland protest over the shooting of an unarmed man by BART police. He was photographing the protest when some one jumped him from behind and cut his face, Channel 7 reported (video).
"I got slammed in the back of the head and then on the left side of the head," Smith said. "They tried to grab my camera. I had my hands gripped on the hand grip of the lens. They smashed my camera with something — I don't know what it was — smashed the camera into my face, and that's why I got the cut on my face, but they never got the camera."
Smith was taken to the hospital and released after treatment.