Tense scenes in Washington DC today saw Sunrise reporter Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers hit with a truncheon and shield, unfolding Live on air.
In a separate scene police charged at them, knocking Tim Myers to the ground, ahead of a speech by Donald Trump outside St. John’s Church which was attacked by protesters the night before. Protesters were cleared from the area, during which the Seven News team was struck.
Brace said they became trapped when crowds were suddenly pushed back ahead of Trump’s arrival.
“We’re not too bad, it’s actually the tear gas that gets you,” Brace told Sunrise. “As I tried to continue speaking to you, I could barely breathe and it’s really hard to continue speaking during that.
“I also got a rubber bullet to the backside, and Tim got one at the back of the neck – so we’ll have a few bruises tomorrow.”
She also expressed her gratitude to her colleague, who was struck when he shielded her from police.
“I’m very grateful for him, he’s a very experienced cameraman and has worked in war zones, so I felt very comfortable with him leading me out there, and he did a wonderful job.”
Numerous reports of journalists being attacked by police and arrested have been documented as protests rage across the US.
Updated: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has asked the Australian embassy in Washington to investigate the attack and requested advice on how to register Australia’s “strong concerns” with local authorities in Washington. Shortly after the attack on the crew, President Trump rang Mr Morrison to personally offer Australia a seat at the G7 table.
According to senior government sources, Mr Morrison was unaware of the assault on the Channel 7 crew at the time of his call with the US president. After becoming aware of the footage the Prime Minister contacted Channel 7 to check on the crew’s welfare and assure them of the government’s support should they wish to pursue a formal complaint with the local police.