WCCO’s award-winning veteran photographer Tom Aviles was struck in the leg by a rubber bullet and taken into custody in Minneapolis by Minnesota State Patrol Saturday night.
Authorities forced him to the ground as they carried out the disturbing arrest.
“Aviles is OK. We’ve called our CBS attorneys, and they’re working on freeing him,” WCCO reported. “The arrest happened at Nicollet and Franklin at about 8:45 p.m.”
Aviles was filming protests in the city with veteran producer Joan Gilbertson when the incident occurred.
Both Aviles and Joan identified themselves clearly as members of the local media and WCCO journalists, reports the WCCO.
Joan reported that the patrolman told him, “You’ve been warned, or the same thing will happen to you. Or you’re next.”
Joan says she had her hands up and said, “Don’t shoot me, don’t shoot me.”
“As of 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Aviles had been released from custody,” the station reported.
Video of the attack and his arrest has sparked outrage online.
This video is insane. Minneapolis 👇 https://t.co/PM2Pis0lZY
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 31, 2020