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Veteran KING Photographer Scuffles with Protesters at May Day March in Seattle

A veteran KING photographer ended up with a bloody cheek after a scuffle with protesters in downtown Seattle earlier this week.

Richard Departee, who has worked at the Seattle NBC-affiliate for more than 30 years, was shooting video of the May Day protests when he found himself in the middle of a group wearing “face masks and dark glasses.”

“I think as soon as they saw me it was like ‘Hey get out of here, you know, scum,’ and started pushing me,” Departee said. The camera was still rolling as the group surrounded him and one of the protestors “popped me in the face,” he said.

Watch Departee’s video of the incident after the jump.

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