In one particularly disturbing incident, San Francisco television reporter Amy Hollyfield had her life threatened by a protester. Via Big Journalism:
Early yesterday morning, we received a tip from a reader in the San Francisco East Bay area who informed us that a local reporter’s life had been threatened by an activist at the Occupy Oakland demonstration.Funny, Tea Parties didn't seem to have these problems.
Our source, who is fearful of reprisal and has requested anonymity, says that KGO-TV’s Amy Hollyfield was accosted by a man who threatened her and used a racial slur:
“We shoot white bitches like you around here.”
According to our source, the Oakland Police Department was apparently called to the scene. Inquiries to the police, and to Hollyfield, which began at roughly 8 a.m. Pacific time yesterday, are still unanswered today.
Other local morning news reports from three of the major Bay Area stations suggested that the Occupy Oakland tent city had descended into rat-infested squalor with complaints of vandalism, public urination, sexual harassment, and sex in public.
Perhaps the most troubling aspect to these protests is the sympathy the continue to garner from city officials and some law enforcement. We saw this at the Wisconsin State Capitol building earlier this year when police and firefighters aligned with the public sector union protesters in that state. The same seems to be happening, at least to some degree, in many of these OWS protests. There are more videos posted at Big J but here is one that features Amy Hollyfield, the reporter who was allegedly threatened, though she doesn't mention the threat to her life:
More UNBELIEVABLE video at Big Journalism