Man Arrested Charged with Dropping KPIX Camera to Floor in SF

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San Francisco Police have arrested a man for allegedly dropping a KPIX news team camera.

Filipa Ioannou / The Chronicle

A man has been arrested after he allegedly harassed a Bay Area television crew and damaged a camera in downtown San Francisco on Christmas Day, according to KPIX.

In the latest Bay Area reporters assault incident, KPIX reporter Betty Yu tweeted that at about 8 p.m. on Saturday, she was conducting an interview outside the Metreon near Fourth and Mission streets when she “heard a man heckle” her crew.

The man then threw himself at the photographer Yu was with and dropped a camera to the ground, she said. KPIX reported that the man was arrested on suspicion of criminal vandalism – because the camera was damaged when the man knocked it over – and battery charges.

San Francisco police did not immediately respond to an investigation by The Chronicle into the incident.

Video posted by Yu – which she says was recorded by the husband of someone she was interviewing – shows the cameraman picking up apparently damaged equipment on the street as a man speaks loudly to the crew. The video also shows the same man later handcuffed by police officers.

Yu said she and her crew were “okay, but shaken.”

The incident comes about a month after security guard Kevin Nishita was shot while protecting a KRON TV news crew working in Oakland.

In early December, a Chronicle photographer was robbed at gunpoint while working for a mission in Oakland.

These incidents, and others in recent years, have sparked discussion among the Bay Area media about how to protect reporters and crew members.


JD Morris is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: jd.morris@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @thejdmorris



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