A cameraman and reporter from CBS Los Angeles were covering a George Zimmerman protest last night when they became part of the story.
“While covering the disturbances in the Crenshaw District Monday night, a news crew was assaulted by a lone assailant,” said CBS Los Angeles in a statement.
Reporter Dave Bryan was interviewing a witness to some altercations that occurred earlier in the night when an unidentified man tackled him and his cameraman (video below).
CBS Los Angeles added: “The suspect then ran away. The crew was treated for minor injuries."
Fourteen people were arrested in the protests in Los Angeles, while nine people were arrested during protests in Oakland, which was the third night of demonstrations in that city.
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“Protesters with black masks approached the window and tried to bang at it,” witness Phillip Ricafort, told InsideBayArea.com. "[A waiter] said, ‘Don’t do that!’ and the guy turned around and smacked him in the face with a hammer.”
According to NBC Bay Area, about 250 protesters gathered at Frank Ogawa Plaza, walked on Interstate 880 and headed through the city (video below).
Local police, officers from neighboring departments and the California Highway Patrol all made arrests when the protests turned violent.