As things got more violent at what was supposedly a “peaceful protest” in Charlotte, N.C., a CNN reporter was knocked to the ground during live coverage.
CNN’s Ed Lavandera was reporting live from the scene Wednesday at a downtown Charlotte street when he was assaulted by someone presumed to be a protester.
CNN reporter just got attacked on air. pic.twitter.com/sqdaiUTHXx
— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) September 22, 2016
Lavandera stood up after a moment while Anderson Cooper could be heard from the studio asking, “Ed, are you OK?”
“We’re fine, Anderson,” he replied, adding that “someone was taking their frustrations out on me.”
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) September 22, 2016
Cooper made a comment on Lavandera changing his location and told him to “take care of himself.”
— Guillermo Galvan (@willygalvan) September 22, 2016
— Blair Miller (@BlairMillerTV) September 22, 2016
Reportedly, the man who knocked the reporter down came back to apologize.
The CNN guy who got knocked to ground during liveshot in Charlotte just said the guy came back and apologized.
— Aaron Beard (@aaronbeardap) September 22, 2016
— Liz Kotalik FOX 10 (@LizKotalikFOX10) September 22, 2016
Lavandera posted his own message saying he was fine.
For a guy that hates to be part of the story, let me just say I am fine. Thank you for your well wishes. Back to work now.
— ed lavandera (@edlavaCNN) September 22, 2016
Other news reporters and media crews came under attack in the city as they attempted to cover the volatile scene, forcing some to flee the area. A State of Emergency was declared in Charlotte as the protest turned into a riot Wednesday night.
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— Matt J (@MattRJohnson_) September 22, 2016
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