Sunday, July 17, 2016

Protesters attack KTVU crew

A KTVU news crew was assaulted by protesters in San Francisco's Mission District on Friday night, and police have made three arrests.

The incident took place around 9:30 p.m. on Valencia Street near the Mission Police Station. Police said several protesters confronted the news crew demanding not to be filmed, then assaulted the crew resulting in injuries not considered life-threatening, according to Bay City News.

KTVU reported Saturday that protesters shouted expletives about the station and "mainstream media" before clashing with police.

Nearby officers attempted to separate the people involved and arrested three protesters on suspicion of battery and resisting arrest. Many of the protesters left the scene, according to police, but 30 to 40 people stayed on Valencia — throwing garbage into the street and lighting it on fire. They left the scene after an order to disperse. Police say they used a fire extinguisher to put the flames out.

The Associated Press reports that three protesters were arrested on suspicion of battery and resisting arrest, said Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

No officers were injured, but police advised media outlets covering protests over the weekend to be aware of a hostile element.

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