Australian TV presenter Terasa Livingstone, who lives in Los Angeles, films looted George Floyd riots
A former Australian TV presenter living in Los Angeles has told how to sleep with an ax to protect herself from the wild riots that flooded the city.
Ex-Channel Seven presenter Terasa Livingstone said she and her husband slept next to their front door while looters raided shops right outside the front door.
Ms. Livingstone also filmed chaos on the streets near her home on Melrose Avenue – a well-known shopping street on the border of LA’s affluent Beverley Hills.
The looting takes place during massive protests in the United States after the death of African-American man George Floyd, 46, who was reportedly killed during an arrest by Minneapolis agent Derek Chauvin.
“To be on the safe side, we slept on the sofa by the door with an ax and a crowbar from Saturday evening,” she told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
On Saturday night, Mrs. Livingstone admitted that she had broken the curfew to film the wild scenes near her house – which she beat for “overshadowing the real problem.”
“The riots and looters came right outside the door. Explosions on our corner. Bats, hammers, rocks. We had to take to the streets with our cameras to see this moment and feel it for ourselves, ‘she wrote on social media.
“The people we saw plunder, break and break into stuff were black, white, Asian, young girls and boys, Latinos … everyone.
“These guys are different. They overshadow what the real problem is, which is really sad. ‘
In the shocking images she shared on social media, Ms. Livingstone showed dozens of looters entering the Ralph Lauren and Adidas clothing stores and even household items and garden stores before casually leaving with piles of goods.
“America is on fire,” she said in the images. “Everyone’s mad as hell … every second shop front is destroyed and looted.”
“I’ve never seen anything like it and I really hope I never see anything like it again.”
Former Channel Seven presenter Terasa Livingstone has documented the turmoil in the streets near her home on Melrose Avenue
Ms. Livingstone (left) said she and her husband Will Traval (right) slept next to their front door while looters raided shops outside
Ms. Livingstone has protested herself about Mr. Floyd’s death, but slapped looters for “abusing” social unrest.
“It’s not a black and white problem. It’s a human problem and a global problem, “she said.
Livingstone moved to the US in 2000, and her husband Will Traval is a well-known American TV star who has starred in shows such as Dexter and NCIS.
It comes when Australian reporters in the U.S. put themselves in the line of fire while defeating the mass protests.
Ms Livingstone admitted she had broken curfew to film the wild scenes (photo) at her house on Saturday night
She filmed dozens of looters who brutally broke into stores near her Los Angeles home
Ms. Livingstone said looters – many of whom were not African American – “took advantage” of social unrest in the US
Australian reporter Amelia Brace became the target of the police with rubber bullets and tear gas as she covered the Washington DC riots after George Floyd’s tragic death.
A cop slammed Ms. Brace’s camera in the middle of her live crotch to the Sunrise studio and sent the operator to the floor while Ms. Brace tried to explain that she was with the media.
Police tried to push hundreds of protesters away from the White House, using batons, tear gas and rubber bullets to spread the crowds.
“We’re media,” she shouted as officers approached her and her cameraman. Ms Brace said that both she and her colleagues would bruise in the morning after the violent riots.
Agent Derek Chauvin (pictured) was identified as the officer who pinned George Floyd into video footage that was widely shared on Tuesday
Picture: the moment a policeman (left) hit the camera (cameraman in the picture) and filmed a journalist (with the backpack on) in front of a live TV cross
A person jumps on a burning police vehicle in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 30, 2020, during a protest against the death of George Floyd
Images circulating after his death showed Chauvin kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, even after he lost consciousness.
Ms Brace, the American correspondent for Channel Seven, said riot police do not distinguish between protesters and media.
“You heard us scream that we were the media, but they don’t care. They don’t distinguish, ”she said.
“I’m in a little pain. I managed to get a rubber bullet on the back and the cameraman has one in the neck, so we’ll have a few bruises tomorrow. ‘
New York: West Side Highway protesters confronted police officers as they marched to City Hall during protests for George Floyd on Saturday in Manhattan
George Floyd’s (heartbroken) family has called white agent Derek Chauvin for charges of a more serious crime than third-degree murder after their lawyer revealed that Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes during the arrest forgery.
US President Donald Trump holds a Bible in front of St John’s Episcopal Church after he walked out of Washington White House after protests over Lafayette Park
Minutes before the vision was filmed, Mrs. Brace and her crew were taken out of the hustle and bustle of the protest after being hit with tear gas and rubber bullets.
“We just had to run a block when the police came in,” she said with worn-out breath.
“We were shot with rubber bullets, my cameraman was hit, we saw tear gas … We are surrounded.
“They don’t care who they are currently targeting … You just saw how they were with my cameraman. Very violent. ‘
Protesters smash a Fairfax District police vehicle protesting the death of George Floyd, in Los Angeles, California on May 30