Union, South Carolina–Reporter Charmayne Brown was jumped by three angry relatives of a murder suspect. The relatives physically ganged up on Brown and yelled racial slurs. Her photographer Ti Barnes stepped in to help.
The assault on Brown included a punch in the head, and Barnes was hit as he tried to pull family members off the reporter.
Brown was not seriously injured.
“I think she’s more affected by the verbal abuse than the physical abuse. She’s really shaken up,” Alex Bongiorno, WSPA-TV News Director said.
The white camera crew at WYFF was not attacked. (They got the video.)
Three people were arrested. Police are looking for a fourth suspect.
South Carolina does not have hate crime laws.