Police beat journalist during protest

Police beat journalist during protest

A photo editor for a US newspaper says he was beaten by police at a protest over the death of Freddie Gray.

JM Giordano, who works at the City Paper, says Baltimore police "swarmed over" him and hit him repeatedly.

A video posted to the newspaper's website shows at least two police officers in riot gear hitting and kicking Giordano as the person filming screams, "He's a photographer! He's press!"

The 41-year-old Giordano says his head hit the ground during the beating, which he says only stopped when someone pulled him out of the fray.

Sait Serkan Gurbuz, a photographer with Reuters, says police detained him as he shot pictures of the scuffle.

Reuters says Gurbuz was cited with failure to obey orders.

A Baltimore police spokesman hasn't immediately commented.

Freddie Gray, 25, died April 19 just days after an encounter with Baltimore police left him with grave spinal injuries.

Morning news break – April 27