Scary moment MSNBC reporter is almost struck by flashes of bangs and tear gas live in the air in Seattle
Seattle police fired bangs and tear gas to disperse a crowd of protesters on a baseball field in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood – and an MSNBC reporter and her crew were among those who had to disperse.
The terrifying video footage shows that Jo Ling Kent reported late on the air of the cable news channel late Monday evening, when police flocked to an area full of protesters and used methods to spread people.
As Kent begins her report, several pops can be heard in the background. There are also several small explosions that look like fireworks.
Kent, wearing a gas mask, describes the chaotic scene taking place on the baseball field.
MSNBC correspondent Jo Ling Kent was on stage live on Monday night on a baseball field in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood
Kent reported as Seattle police entered Protestants and launched tear gas, pops and fireworks in an attempt to disperse the crowd
At one point, a flash of bang seemed to go off and stroke Kent’s arm during her live report
“Guys, I don’t know if you can hear me,” she says to Brian Williams, who anchors network coverage in New York.
“We now have police approaching Protestants.”
When Kent finishes the sentence, a flashing bang explodes a few inches away from her and she seems to be grazing her arm.
As the police continued to flash and fire tear gas, Kent and her crew started running.
“We’re moving, we’re moving,” she says repeatedly.
As Kent and her team run to the back of the baseball field, Williams reminds viewers that the network provides a security team to all of his correspondents.
Kent is seen as being carried away by several people wearing gas masks. Other protesters have also withdrawn as the police advance.
The near miss seemed to startle Kent and her crew, who retreated with the other protesters
Kent and her crew are seen on the left, while other protesters also make a crazy sprint away from the police
Kent and her crew regroup to the rear of the field in an area surrounded by a fence
However, the police continued their wave and forced Kent, her crew and other protesters to sprint away
After moving to the back of the baseball field in an area surrounded by a fence, Kent tries to resume reporting, but the loud sound of fireworks and explosions drowns her out.
Williams then tells Kent that he feels uncomfortable pulling her news story through a fence and suggests that she and her crew find a safer location.
At this point, chaos escalates with protesters fleeing the scene.
It doesn’t look like Kent or her crew were injured.
It doesn’t look like Kent (seen in the file photo above) or her crew were injured
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the Northwest’s largest city would have another curfew on Monday night after days of protests that turned violent, with destroyed storefronts and stolen items.
At a news conference, Durkan said curfew would start at 6:00 PM and last until 5:00 PM.
Bellevue, Washington, also said it would have a curfew at 5 p.m. after vandalism and downtown theft on Sunday.
Other cities in Washington, including Spokane, also issued curfews to try to curb the protests.
There were also curfews in Seattle on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Durkan said that most of the thousands of protesters were peaceful, but there was an element that involved “violence, looting and chaos.”
In a statement, the Washington director of the American Civil Liberties Union condemned the curfews and called them “hair-raising.”
“They open the door to selective enforcement, potentially increasing the damage that demonstrators and communities have been claiming for decades,” said Michele Storms, Executive Director of the ACLU in Washington.
The Seattle Police Watchdog, the Office of Professional Accountability, said it was investigating 10 alleged cases of aggressive behavior by the police following the weekend protests after thousands of individual complaints.
These include reports of police pepper spraying a young girl hitting a person on the floor who was arrested, OPA said.