US unrest: PM Morrison calls for probe into ‘assault’ on Australian journalist

Protesters gathered at the White House on Monday

Protesters gathered at the White House on Monday

CANBERRA/WASHINGTON, June 2 (NNN-AGENCIES) — PM Scott Morrison has spoken to US President Donal Trump after an Australian TV crew was allegedly assaulted by police in Washington, reports say.

Morrison has also asked the Washington embassy to investigate the incident.

Channel 7’s US correspondent Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers were attacked while covering Monday’s protest outside the White House.

Police used tear gas to disperse the protests, leading to a stampede of sorts as the crowds fled – and that’s when the attack appears to have occurred.

The incident was caught on live TV, and the footage was shared on Twitter.

It shows an officer hitting Myers with his shield and then punching him. But another officer intervened and the two reporters escape, just as a third officer swings a baton at them from behind.

The news comes amid a slew of similar reports during protests – of police assaulting journalists, arresting them and even damaging their equipment. — NNN-AGENCIES