Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two assailants who knocked a TV news cameraman unconscious and assaulted a female reporter during protests in uptown Charlotte over the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
The cameraman and reporter were attacked on Sept. 21 as they walked to their news van to exchange battery packs for the camera, police said.
The crew was with WLTX of Columbia, police spokeswoman Jessica Wallin said. They were working with Charlotte station WCNC, she said.
As the cameraman and reporter walked east on East Trade Street toward their news van, they saw a large group of people setting fire to objects in the middle of the intersection at East Trade Street and North Brevard Street, police said. Their van was parked in a gravel lot at a corner of the intersection.
The victims continued into the intersection toward their van when the cameraman was punched in the left temple area, knocking him unconscious, police said. The assailants continued to kick him.
The reporter tried to shield the unconscious cameraman’s body and head with her body when someone pushed her off the cameraman.
Witnesses reported seeing a male in his late teens to early 20s punch the cameraman and run off. The assailant wore a red hoodie with light-colored pants.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they worked with the camera crew to identify footage of the assailants. On Thursday, police released a still shot of the image they captured.
Anyone with information about the assailants is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.