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Serpick writes: "City Paper Photo Editor J.M. Giordano was tackled and beaten by Baltimore City police outside of Western District headquarters last night while covering protests over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody."

Photo editor Jim Giordano. (photo: Facebook/Instagram)
Photo editor Jim Giordano. (photo: Facebook/Instagram)


Baltimore Police Beat Journalist During Protest

By Evan Serpick, City Paper

28 April 15

 

ity Paper Photo Editor J.M. Giordano was tackled and beaten by Baltimore City police outside of Western District headquarters last night while covering protests over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

In a video shot by City Paper Managing Editor Baynard Woods you can see Giordano, wearing a green jacket, and a protester, both of whom had just been knocked to the ground by police, being beaten as Woods yells, "He's a photographer! He's press!"

Giordano says he was standing next to the protester in the video, facing the police line, at about 12:30 when someone threw a rock which hit a police officer’s shield.

“They mobilized,” he says. The police line moved forward and Giordano did not move fast enough for them. “I always move at the last second,” he says. Five or six police officers in riot gear hit Giordano and the other protester with their shields, knocking them to the ground.

“They just swarmed over me,” he says. “I got hit. My head hit the ground. They were hitting me, then someone pulled me out.”

“I kept shooting it,” he says. “As soon as I got up I started taking pictures.” He says the guy who was next to him (who did not throw anything, he is sure) got arrested and was loaded into a van. Joe was not. He thinks it is because police recognized him as a local reporter and figured arresting him would cause a backlash.

“They [police] tried to block me from shooting.”

He says Reuters photographer Sait Serkan Gurbuz, who was standing nearby, did get arrested and taken away in the police van, and was later released and cited for disorderly conduct.

Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the incident. Giordano suffered minor injuries on his arm, but will continue documenting the protests.

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+33 # Billy Bob 2015-04-28 13:24
There are still 2 sides to this story. Remember that, in the next few days, when conservatives (i.e. lovers of authoritarian government police state fascism), try to change the narrative into "blacks using violence only weakens their cause".

The cops still need to be kept in check (or put in check for the first time). Whether Baltimore really counts "as a riot" or not, doesn't change that fact. Peaceful protesters were AND ARE protesting for a very good reason.
 
 
+2 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2015-04-29 08:27
I flipped channels last night, previous night. Watched Fox News. Kelly, specifically. Wow! What a twist!
 
 
+21 # indian weaver 2015-04-28 13:53
The last straw, over and over again, is bound to have its blowback. The stress becomes overwhelming when African Americans see their brothers and sisters being mowed down, massacred by police nationwide, practically daily, a genocide of sorts sanctioned by the police fascist terrorist regime of Obama's. I am not surprised that reaction may be / is violent. Violence begets violence. Try to be cool when you see your family assassinated over and over again. Peace / love? I don't think so. Rage is what is normal and to be expected, nationwide, as police mow down innocent folks for no reason, and not just a few anymore. Where is the Federal Justice Dept.? Where is that no-good shill Eric Holder? Asleep at the wheel, hiding behinds desks, on vacation? Corrupt and compliant with police terrorism? Yes.
 
 
+15 # Dongi 2015-04-29 00:35
Welcome to the new fascist state of America where the Government scrutinizes its citizens and the police beats the crap out of them, especially if they are people of color. And we are supposed to be the model of representative democracy? Something is a bit mixed up.
 
 
+6 # moonrigger 2015-04-29 09:40
As Angela Davis said, "I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept."
 
 
+4 # barbaratodish 2015-04-29 09:54
The only difference between Baltimore and Wall St. is that those in Baltimore risk personal, bodily injury, while those in Wall St. have zero personal bodily risk because those in Wall St. have already sold their bodies and souls for money, fame, and power.
 
 
+2 # Merlin 2015-04-29 10:39
barbaratodish 2015-04-29 09:54
"…those in Wall St. have zero personal bodily risk because those in Wall St. have already sold their bodies and souls for money, fame, and power."

Yes and their dead bodies are starting to stink rather badly.
 
 
+1 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-04-29 12:59
The "land of the free" has become a "police state". WAKE UP AMERICA. Take back "our" government.
Those who control the media, control the dialogue.
Pump up fear to justify a militarized police state
Constant cycle of problems
Prevents us from seeing corporate control of government
Corporate control of resources.
 
 
0 # Jackpine 2015-05-01 13:12
Mi amigo Pablo, whatever makes you imagine it was our country in the first place?

The police, now as always, exist primarily to protect the affluent classes from retaliation on the part of those upon whom they prey.

As one who has found himself confronting that "fat blue line" (cops are the most overweight profession) since the 60's, I can tell you that not a whole lot has changed since the days when we met the bayonets of the National Guard in Madison and their bullets at Kent State.
 
 
+2 # elizabethblock 2015-04-29 13:42
I heard an interview today (Democracy Now) with people in Baltimore, who said that the cops stood by when the vandalism began. They did the same in Toronto during the G-20 protests. Standard operating procedure, to make people look really bad? and/or to give them an excuse to really crack down?
We still don't know who gave the orders in Toronto. I think it came from the prime minister. He'd love to do a number on civil liberties.
 
 
0 # Jackpine 2015-05-01 13:15
That's really simple. The first acts of vandalism & violence are generally committed by agents provocateur brought in for the purpose of setting off a riot, so the cops wait until they get out of the way before charging into the chaos the provocateurs triggered.
 

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