Australian Channel Nine reporter Alexis Daish was confronted during the George Floyd riots in Los Angeles
A white Australian journalist who reported on the Los Angeles riots after George Floyd’s death was told that black people are sick of people like them telling them what to do.
Alexis Daish was in West Hollywood around 4 p.m. local time with her cameraman and security guards for Channel Nine’s Weekend Today protest.
Ms. Daish, the network’s correspondent, first explained how the police were outnumbered and unable to escape after their cars were set on fire and destroyed before asking a group of protesters to explain their outrage.
“We are tired of people like you telling us how to think about our own lives,” said one of the protesters, pointing out Mrs. Daish, who is blonde, and her crew.
“This anger comes from hundreds of years,” he continued. “Three people in two weeks … How often should this happen?”
The most recent and notable profile of those deaths is 46-year-old George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis on Monday after a white cop pressed his knee to Mr. Floyd’s neck for eight minutes.
Agent Derek Chauvin (pictured) was identified as the officer who pinned George Floyd into video footage that was widely shared on Tuesday
A demonstrator poses for photos next to a burning police vehicle in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 30, during a demonstration following the death of George Floyd
The officer involved, Derek Michael Chauvin, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter days after footage of the incident went viral.
Protests broke out across the country, demanding reform after what many say is another senseless death and example of police brutality. Mr. Floyd had been accused of using a counterfeit $ 20 bill at a deli.
Los Angeles broke out in violence on Saturday when riot police officers clashed with protesters and the City of Angels went up in flames.
Protesters sprayed graffiti and burned police cruisers, while officers fired rubber bullets into the crowd and witnessed protesters beaten with clubs.
“We are tired of people like you telling us how to think about our own lives,” said one of the protesters, pointing out Ms. Daish, who is blonde, and her crew
Pictured: A car is on fire in the parking lot of a Target store during the protests
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“We’ve done everything white people have asked us to do,” a protester told Ms. Daish on the streets of West Hollywood, about a 28-hour drive from where Mr. Floyd died.
“We tried everything. We had a black f ** king president and it didn’t work. Black people were still dying.
“We are tired of hearing that these buildings and companies are worth more than my body. That is not the case.’
Following his response, the crowd burst into cheers, and Mrs. Daish and her crew left the group for their own safety.
She described the chaos as “simply unbelievable,” especially since the country is still battling a deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
“Los Angeles has been so strict about taking home orders,” she told viewers at home in Australia.
“You shouldn’t even leave home without a mask on. We are in the midst of a pandemic and now this.
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“If anything is going to trigger a second wave, this is the perfect storm.”
People who gathered in the riots explained that they intended to protest peacefully, but were forced to “respond violently” after the arrival of rioters and police officers.
Officers are armed with rubber bullets and bats as they try to stop the growing crowd.
About 20 police cars were torched or destroyed during the protests, which means officers are now unable to quickly escape the protests if they have to flee.
Most cars have since been vandalized and now show explosively riddled messages calling on people to ‘kill police’.
The Los Angeles Police Department has declared an “illegal meeting,” which means they can ask people to disperse, but Mrs. Daish says the message has had little impact on the crowd.
Ms. Daish’s confrontation with the protesters comes when Channel 7 journalist Ashlee Mullany was nearly knocked out by a stun grenade as police approached a protest in Minneapolis.
Los Angeles broke out in violence on Saturday as riot police officers clashed with protesters and the City of Angels went up in flames
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Ms. Mullany, the network’s U.S. correspondent, crossed over from Sunrise live on Thursday afternoon from Minneapolis to report on the chaos as protests broke out in the city for a third day.
The footage showed the journalist duck ducking for cover while a stun grenade was fired at her by police officers descending on the protest.
State forces were called in, and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey sought help from the National Guard after a suspected looter was fatally shot and shops looted and burned during the riots.
Shocking images Thursday morning showed the widespread destruction left overnight after shops like Wendy’s, Target, Walmart and Autozone were looted and some even set on fire.
Mayor Frey pleaded for calm in anticipation of more anticipated protests tonight, telling residents “we can’t let the tragedy cause more tragedy.”
Videos also showed what was said to be an apartment building completely flooded with flames while rioters watched. The fire brigade was nowhere to be seen.
New York: Protesters gather in Harlem to protest the recent death of George Floyd on Saturday
Other protesters wore signs and T-shirts that said “I can’t breathe” – some of the last words Floyd said while begging the police officer for his life.
Some had signs that read ‘Black Lives Matter’ and photos of Floyd as they marched through the streets.
Curfews have been introduced in 10 cities across the country to restore the appearance of order.
So far, Chauvin is the only officer charged with the death of Mr. Floyd.
Three of his colleagues were present at the time and an investigation is ongoing.
The 44-year-old is said to be effectively on suicide watch after his striking arrest. His wife also filed for divorce
He’s had a camera on him all day, and the police personally check his cell every 15 minutes at Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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