A reporter looking to interview a group of Black Lives Matter protesters in St. Louis, Missouri, Friday afternoon found himself in a harrowing situation after the protesters became confrontational with him:
Scariest moment in my career. Protesters upset about not guilty verdict for an officer accused of killing a suspect, turn on me and media. pic.twitter.com/iZyvg3gX0p
— Dan Gray KTVI Fox 2 (@DanGrayTV) September 15, 2017
The protesters stormed the streets of St. Louis after former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley, a white male, was found not guilty of shooting and killing Anthony Lamar Smith, a black male.
Dan Gray, of KTVI Fox 2, was one of many reporters at the scene of the protests following the judge’s verdict on Stockley’s fate.
Gray walked up to a group of protesters hoping to interview some of them when they quickly questioned his presence.
“You shouldn’t be here, man. You know the f**k you shouldn’t even be over here. Why would you come over here, though?” one protester yelled.
Gray continued to walk alongside the protesters as if nothing happened. As he walked with the group, however, the protesters became more confrontational.
Suddenly, the group of protesters surrounded him, got angry, and in his face.
KTVI reports that three water bottles hit Gray. One hit him in the back of the head, and the other two hit his shirt.
Gray was able to escape the mob of protesters along with his photographer and is doing just “fine.” He tweeted later that the encounter was the “scariest moment” of his career.