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Several American deputies are seen pinning a female reporter to the ground

Josie Huang, who writes for LAist and reports for NPR affiliate KPCC, was covering the protest going on for weeks against police brutality and racial injustice.

Huang can be heard repeatedly identifying herself as a reporter and shouting “KPCC” several times. You also can hear Huang yelling: “You’re hurting me,” Huang can be heard saying, followed by crying out in pain.

The attack took place outside St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where two deputies previously shot were being treated. 

Huang was ten handcuffed, and taken to a patrol car .

The award-winning journalist has been accused of obstructing justice as she was “interfering with a lawful arrest,” according to Deputy Juanita Navarro of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. 

In a tweet a day after the Saturday incident, she said in a tweet that she “was filming an arrest when suddenly deputies shout ‘back up.’”

“Within seconds, I was getting shoved around. There was nowhere to back up …You see my phone clatter to the ground and I start shouting ‘I’m a reporter…I’m with KPCC.’ I scream for help from the TV reporters I know are around the corner doing their 11 live hits.”

“We offer condolences to the two sheriff deputies who were shot Saturday evening,” said KPCC. “These are challenging and stressful times for everyone, but Josie Huang was arrested while doing her job. The charges should be dropped.”

“Her arrest is the latest in a series of troubling interactions between our reporters and some local law enforcement officers. Journalists provide an essential service, providing fair, accurate and timely journalism and without them, our democracy is at risk,” it added. 

NPR also said it is “appalled by the arrest of Josie Huang, a KPCC public radio reporter, who was performing her job last night—gathering facts to inform the American public.”

“The rights of journalists are protected by the First Amendment, and essential to an informed public and our Democracy,” NPR said.

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