Photojournalist Blinded in One Eye While Reporting on Protests Is Suing the City of Minneapolis, Using Pictures She Took of Police as Evidence

Photojournalist Blinded in One Eye While Reporting on Protests Is Suing the City of Minneapolis, Using Pictures She Took of Police as Evidence

During the protests in Minneapolis last month, photojournalist Linda Tirado was left blind in one eye after being hit by a foam bullet used by police. After initially making light of the situation, she has now decided to pursue legal action against the City of Minneapolis, and is citing the last images she took of police before she was shot at as evidence.

Tirado says she was clearly identifiable as press, wearing her press credentials as expected, when the police fired shots at her. PetaPixel shared court documents which detail that Tirado “stepped in front of the protesting crowd and aimed her professional Nikon camera at the police officers to take a picture of the police line,” before the police “[shot] her in her face with foam bullets.” The bullet destroyed her protective eyewear, leaving her eye in such a state, it was beyond saving.

Tirado is suing the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Chief of Police Mederia Arradondo, Lieutenant Robert Kroll, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington, State Patrol Colonel Matthew Langer, and four other unnamed officers, questioning why she was targeted despite wearing everything that was required of her.

She accuses the police of using “excessive, unprovoked, unreasonable force to prevent Plaintiff from exercising her constitutional rights was intended to cause imminent harmful and offensive contact.”  

She has submitted to the court the last photos she took before the attack, one of which shows one of the officers aiming a gun at her. She is seeking a number of things, namely compensation for work she may now miss out on, and financial aid for her legal expenses.

Lead image: ev on Unsplash.

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Black Z Eddie .'s picture

Well well, looky what we have here. Lol, you started off well-mannered until you couldn't get your way, then turn hostile. You're just like those "peaceful" protesters.

Deleted Account's picture

Oh, that's cute, you have been sucked in by the narrative constructed by a wealthy elite; who have convinced the majority that violence prima facie invalidates the position of the perpetrator(s).

The irony is, the state maintains power by virtue of holding a monopoly on power; further, violence is a perfectly legitimate political tool; why do you think the Second Amendment follows the first - honestly, I don't for an instant believe you have considered these issues, about the best you can come up with is "violence bad" whilst concurrently defending violence perpetrated by the executioners of the state. You are too stupid to even realise the inconsistencies in your own position.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

Oi, stop being such a bloody wanker. Pull head out your ass. Or, at least take a peek through the crack once in a while.

Let me break it down in ABC's for you.

Deleted Account's picture

I introduced a number of complex and nuanced issues, and your response was precisely as expected.

Also:

https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9jaGluYXVuc2NyaXB0ZWQubGlic3...

You're just another moron with a room temperature IQ.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

What you introduced was evident of some derangement syndrome. Just the fact you believe police were resigning because they are not allowed to kill unarmed blacks. That's a whole new level of imbecile right there. I'm not going to entertain grievances of some looney loner that most likely spends their afternoons at the park feeding pigeons then hops on a photography site just to vent.

Deleted Account's picture

Oh dear. One assumes you didn't listen to the podcast.

But since you brought photography into it; the Internet is full of people who shoot tits and ass to formula, and there is absolutely nothing intetesting about your images.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

Since you brought the internet into it, it's full of insecure fragile nutters that create fake/empty profiles. No doubt you feel like it gives you a sense of courage and invincibility to vent and troll through anonymity because you're mentally and emotionally weak. Go back to feeding pigeons.

Deleted Account's picture

That may or may not be true (you will never have sufficient information to draw an inference either way); however, your lame attempt at getting under my skin does not negate my previous comment.

I would add that the guy who retweets Donald Trump is probably the one with issues.

Does it bother you knowing your images have no particular artistic merit? The really funny part is you take photos of women (subject matter which easily accrues tens or hundreds of thousands of followers on IG), but 282 posts and you've only accrued 677 followers since 2015.

Deleted Account's picture

No pithy retort?

How disappointing.

Cool Cat's picture

It doesn't matter if you are clearly identifiable as press wearing credentials. If the police say move your ass, then move your ass. Don't stand around when the police are advancing. If you want to get a picture then stay far back and use a zoom lens. You are not special because you are a photographer. It's not your constitutional right to make the police's job more difficult than it already is.

T Lewis's picture

It’s no different than going into a combat zone, shit happens. She put herself into a situation where she knew she could be hurt. Would she be suing if a protester hurt her? Doubt it. As far as a “Journalists “ .......

anthony marsh's picture

LINDA TIRADO is not quite the innocent bystander she would like to be thought. She is a well known socialist political activist who along with the rioters,looters and arsonists refused to disperse as per the curfew as ordered by the MINNEAPOLIS police department. When one inserts one's self into a dangerous situation and does not comply with police who are doing their best to bring order one is completely responsible for the outcome.