Sat, 19 Sep 2020

Pens president/CEO Morehouse aids cameraman during protest

Field Level Media
01 Jun 2020, 02:55 GMT+10

Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse provided an assist to a local television camera operator after protests turned violent Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

Ian Smith of KDKA-TV was tossed to the ground and his camera was broken outside of PPG Paints Arena, just as Morehouse was exiting the facility.

Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Smith was dragged inside the arena by Morehouse before being transported to nearby Mercy Hospital.

"I'm was attacked by protestors downtown by the arena. They stomped and kicked me. I'm bruised and bloody but alive," Smith wrote on Twitter. "My camera was destroyed. Another group of protesters pulled me out and saved my life. Thank you!"

KDKA-AM broadcaster Larry Richert wrote of Smith's ordeal on his Facebook page, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Richert lauded the efforts of Morehouse, who is a Pittsburgh native.

"Today, our city's peaceful protest turned violent and ugly," Richert wrote. "A Pittsburgh Police car was set on fire in front of PPG Paints Arena. During this event, a good friend from KDKA-TV, Ian Smith, an extremely talented photographer and editor was covering the event with reporter/anchor Paul Martino when they were attacked. Ian said they were shouting 'Kill him! Kill him!' and destroyed his camera.

"Fearing and pleading for his life he was saved by Pittsburgh Penguins President David Morehouse who was in his office at the time. There is no way to properly thank Mr. Morehouse for his courage."

A team spokesperson confirmed Morehouse's role in assisting Smith but declined further comment.

A statue of team co-owner Mario Lemieux was vandalized with spray paint during the protests, which are in response to the death of George Floyd on Monday in Minneapolis.

Police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with third-degree murder in the death of Floyd, an African American. Chauvin was also charged with second-degree manslaughter.

--Field Level Media

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