Dispatches from the Battle for Portland
U.S. Marshals assault a protester outside the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse. Officers used tear gas and less-lethal munitions to disperse a crowd of people who had dismantled fencing around the building while demanding the immediate removal of federal law enforcement from the city of Portland. Photo by Rian Dundon

Taking Shots in Portland

Tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and flash-bang grenades—instruments of violence frequently seen in authoritarian states and war zones—are now local reporting hazards in Portland, Oregon, where protests against police brutality persist. Numerous photojournalists [including EHRP contributing editor Rian Dundon] covering the Portland protests have reported bodily injuries from munitions and chemical weapons, as well as direct physical assaults. Increasingly, such violence directed at journalists seems inevitable—a matter of when, not if—as President Trump deploys federal agents to install his version of law and order.

Read the entire article in the Columbia Journalism Review.

Save An Endangered Species: Journalists

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project supports independent journalists so they can create gripping stories which often counter the typical disparaging narratives about inequality. This high-quality journalism is then co-published with mainstream media outlets mobilizing readers to address systemic economic hardship.

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