BALTIMORE — A photo editor for a Baltimore newspaper says he was beaten by police at a protest of the death of Freddie Gray.
J.M. Giordano, who works at the City Paper, says police “swarmed over” him and hit him repeatedly. A video of the beating posted to the newspaper’s website Sunday shows at least two police officers in riot gear hitting and kicking Giordano as the person filming – identified by the paper as Managing Editor Baynard Woods – screams, “He’s a photographer! He’s press!”
The 41-year-old photographer says his head hit the ground during the beating, which he says only stopped when someone pulled him out of the fray.
Sait Serkan Gurbuz, a photographer with Reuters, says police detained him as he shot pictures of the scuffle. Reuters says Gurbuz was cited with failure to obey orders.
A Baltimore police spokesman says he’s looking into the matter for comment.
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