SAG-AFTRA is seeking additional security measures for the protection of reporting teams in the aftermath of attacks on TV news teams covering a shooting death in San Francisco.
Three attackers stole equipment from KNTV and camera operator Alan Waples was pistol-whipped in the aftermath of a homicide on Pier 14 on Wednesday night.
“Safety for broadcasters continues to be a major concern in light of the continued robberies and attacks on news crews in the field,” the union said. “Our San Francisco Local met with all major news stations and requested various security measures for reporting teams. We also met with the Oakland Police Department on several initiatives, including: direct communication with area captains; safety training; parking passes; and stats on crimes involving media in a ongoing effort to protect news crews.”
The union said it would continue to reach out to the San Francisco Mayor’s Office and the S.F. Police Department to discuss similar initiatives and protections.