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May 30, 2020
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Police Action Against Louisville TV Station Crew During Protest

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to Louisville police firing pepper balls at a local television station crew covering a protest last night, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

“NAB condemns the actions of the Louisville police officer who fired pepper balls at a local TV crew legally covering downtown protests on Friday night. No police officer has the right to fire any type of ammunition at journalists who are simply doing their jobs and appropriately positioned to cover the news. NAB calls for a swift investigation of this incident to ensure that journalists have the necessary protections to report the news.”

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