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Cop Attacks KSTP Videographer

As police arrested protesters at an Occupy Minneapolis rally on Saturday night, one officer attacked a KSTP videographer as he attempted to film the arrests.

In an amateur video (above) of the altercation, a police officer can be seen violently shoving KSTP videographer Chad Nelson, knocking his camera to the ground.

KSTP news director Lindsay Radford told the Pioneer Press that Nelson was “being professional and doing his job” when the cop shoved him, adding that Nelson did not receive a verbal warning from officers before the incident, which occurred in the middle of a public street.

Nelson was reportedly checked by a physician on Sunday after experiencing soreness in his neck and shoulders. The camera was also damaged in the incident.

In a written statement to KSTP, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said that his department is currently reviewing the incident.

“The Minneapolis Police Department will not support unjustified uses of force,” Dolan stated.

Radford says that KSTP will consider taking legal action after evaluating the full extent of the damage to the camera.

Here’s KSTP’s coverage of the Occupy arrests…

[Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, KSTP]

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