A recent incident involving a Fox News journalist has left viewers stunned.
While covering the volatile protests that are currently taking place in our nation’s capital in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Fox News reporter Leland Vittert was chased out of the area by protestors in the wee hours of Saturday morning, according to the Washington Examiner.
Vittert chased by protestors
Vittert had just gone live with his reporting when the incident took place, and before beginning a formal dispatch from the scene, Vittert quipped that he was surrounded by “media critics.” Then, things went south in a hurry.
Protestors closed in on Vittert and started chanting “F*** Fox News.” Vittert and his crew, at that point, retreated for safety.
The reporter and his supporting crew members were chased by a large group across the street toward Lafayette Park. The entire incident was caught on camera, and the footage can be seen below:
The protestors chased out a reporter they believe to be from Fox News pic.twitter.com/6tpj0IAryV
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As The Hill reports, over the course of the past several days, demonstrators have gathered outside of the White House protesting the death of George Floyd and the perception of widespread police brutality against African Americans.
Floyd, a 46-year-old Minnesota man, lost his life in the process of being arrested by Minneapolis police.
Now an ex-officer, Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck and over a period of almost nine minutes, refusing to remove it despite Floyd’s pleas for oxygen. Floyd ultimately lost consciousness and was pronounced dead at an area hospital last Monday evening, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Chauvin and three other officers who were involved in the incident have since been fired from their positions, The Washington Post reports, and Chauvin has also been arrested charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Many across the country view what happened to George Floyd as another example of race-based police brutality in that Chauvin was a white cop and Floyd was black. As a result, protests — both peaceful and not — have broken out in dozens of cities across the country, including in the immediate vicinity of the White House, events which Vittert was attempting to cover.
The so-called protest at the White House was not entirely peaceful, as rioters attempted to cause as much destruction as they could by throwing bricks and water and knocking down barricades. The U.S. Secret Service, however, was able to bring the situation under relative control, with the president himself tweeting his gratitude following the first night of protests:
The professionally managed so-called “protesters” at the White House had little to do with the memory of George Floyd. They were just there to cause trouble. The [Secret Service] handled them easily. Tonight, I understand, is MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE???
However, protests erupted near the White House again on Saturday night, with Secret Service personnel donning riot gear to help prevent additional destruction and lawlessness, The Washington Post noted.