Photojournalist permanently blinded by rubber bullet while covering Minneapolis protests

Jun 1, 2020

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Photojournalist permanently blinded by rubber bullet while covering Minneapolis protests

Jun 1, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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After the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, protests have developed across the United States. While covering the street protest in Minneapolis on Friday, photojournalist Linda Tirado was shot in the left eye. She was reportedly shot with a rubber bullet, but sadly, her eye could not have been saved.

[Editor’s note: Some viewers may find the images in tweets below to be disturbing]

The New York Times writes that Tirado wore goggles to protect her eyes while she was covering the protests. The police reportedly used tear gas and rubber bullets to break the protests, and several sources note that they targeted the members of the press. Tirado was reportedly running from tear gas when the goggles slipped off her face. Not long after that, she felt that “her face exploded.”

She told the New York Times that she put her camera down for just a second when it happened. She added that protesters carried her out, and she soon ended up in surgery. Before she went to the OR, she tweeted a photo of herself, still hoping that her left eye could be saved:

Unfortunately, Tirado couldn’t have her eye saved. After the surgery, she updated her followers on Twitter that she is permanently bind in her left eye. “But it wasn’t my photography eye so it’s not career-ending. I can still see flowers and sunsets, just maybe I won’t be able to tell how far away they are,” she wrote in the thread she posted after the surgery.

Tirado told the New York Times that what she believes was a rubber bullet came from the direction of the police. According to multiple sources, Tirado is just one of the journalists who was attacked, harassed or arrested since the protests began.

[via Insajder, The New York Times]

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33 responses to “Photojournalist permanently blinded by rubber bullet while covering Minneapolis protests”

  1. Kevin Lane Avatar
    Kevin Lane

    We need police control.

    1. Justin Smith Avatar
      Justin Smith

      Kevin Lane the police need to be controlled. They’re shooting people for just standing on their porch

    2. Shannon Der Aldinger Avatar
      Shannon Der Aldinger

      Warren v. DC, fire them all. Replace with private security.

    3. Justin Smith Avatar
      Justin Smith

      Shannon Der Aldinger private security are just as bad. They need more people from the communities in the police. The police need to know the people, be part of the community, not be an occupying oppressor

    4. Shannon Der Aldinger Avatar
      Shannon Der Aldinger

      Justin Smith I can agree with the part of the community, not above it. But the point about Warren v. DC still stands, if that was not a precedent I wonder if one of the officers that suggested letting Mr. Floyd lay on his side would have been more forceful being obligated to render assistance to an individual.

    5. Justin Smith Avatar
      Justin Smith
    6. Shannon Der Aldinger Avatar
      Shannon Der Aldinger

      Justin Smith In short Peace Officers, not Law Enforcement Officers. Thanks for sharing that link.

  2. Jose Corro Avatar
    Jose Corro

    Wear your googles.

    1. robert sutton Avatar
      robert sutton

      She did wear googles!!!

  3. Jacob A. Allen Avatar
    Jacob A. Allen

    Wear helmets when protesting.

  4. Anna Moritz Avatar
    Anna Moritz

    It’s getting out of control it seems.

  5. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
    Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

    Go to a violent protest and expect to be safe? I believe this and I belive that are not facts. Its unfortunate that this person put themselves in harms way. Just imagine if she was not there she would still have her eye. There is some personal responsibility here also.

    1. Meng Tian Avatar
      Meng Tian

      Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Well but this is the USA. A country of brave people who rather die than give up on their freedom.

      It just seems that the police left the bubble of democracy.

    2. Photoman Ayu Avatar
      Photoman Ayu

      Rickey J. Farmer Sr. You should be glad that you can enjoy freedom of speech and these brave people brings freedom of press so you know what kind of shit is going on. Same thing happened to a journalist covering the protest in Hong Kong a few months ago. Do you even know about it? I bet you don’t,? censorship!

    3. Kenneth Wong Avatar
      Kenneth Wong

      Even some of US police are kneeling down and apologizing, those asshuts in HK would go on keep bashing teenagers and kids, and raping girls inside police station

    4. Victoria Renard Avatar
      Victoria Renard

      I covered the WTO riots in Seattle for the paper I worked for and I was terrified that something like this would happen to me. I did my job anyway, because that’s what I signed up for knowing the risk. Would you tell a firefighter not to go in to a burning building to save people inside because the building might collapse on them? I think this woman is very brave and her positive attitude in light of her situation is powerfully inspiring.

    5. Bob Murray Avatar
      Bob Murray

      Rickey J. Farmer Sr. That is victim blaming
      Why are the police aiming at heads anyway?

    6. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
      Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

      Bob Murray no its not victim blaming its logic. Do you expect them to be protected more than anyone else? Why?

    7. Bob Murray Avatar
      Bob Murray

      Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Yes it is. It’s like blaming people for getting shot in drive by shooting
      No, Not more than anyone else

    8. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
      Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

      Bob Murray that does not apply. These people went to an activity that was known to probably be violent. They went on their own accord. Fully aware of the consequences. Its called personal responsibility in any case.

    9. Jack Brown Avatar
      Jack Brown

      Bob Murray You are assuming the shot was aimed at her. More likely to have missed its intended target and hit her downrange.

    10. Daniel P Sousa Avatar
      Daniel P Sousa

      Rickey J. Farmer Sr. I’m going to guess you’re not the kind of navy where people get hurt, right? Because I can’t imagine you having that kind of discourse at a veteran’s funeral, for example.

    11. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
      Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

      Daniel P Sousa I’m gonna guess you have no idea what is or is not said at a Veterans funeral.

    12. Daniel P Sousa Avatar
      Daniel P Sousa

      Rickey J. Farmer Sr. you guess incorrectly. And yeah, guess I was right.

    13. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
      Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

      Daniel P Sousa to the reverse of that you don’t know me or anything about me. Your assumptions are just that. Enjoy them as you own em.

    14. Daniel P Sousa Avatar
      Daniel P Sousa

      Rickey J. Farmer Sr. I’m going by your words, that people who work in dangerous situations should be called on their “personal responsibility” when something bad happens. Again, I’m not seeing you getting up to a veteran and spewing that bullshit.

    15. Rickey J. Farmer Sr. Avatar
      Rickey J. Farmer Sr.

      I talk shit to veterans daily and them with me so maybe you shod rethink your position.

  6. Richard Joseph Avatar
    Richard Joseph

    So sad.

  7. Sean P Sullivan Avatar
    Sean P Sullivan

    Sad, but if you go into a war zone ( and it IS a war zone ) then you take that chance of getting hurt or worse. :(

    1. pincherio Avatar
      pincherio

      True that, but when American police officers deliberately target American citizens exercising Constitutional rights, that has to suck a bit.

  8. Paul Dalcanale Avatar
    Paul Dalcanale

    “Photojournalist”?
    You mean Antfia member?

  9. Steven Grob Avatar
    Steven Grob

    “what she believes was a rubber bullet”

  10. timothyf7 Avatar
    timothyf7

    With no more information than given – no objective feelings can be made. Sorry for her loss of sight. But many journalist have been killed or just wounded, during combative situations, through negligence or lack of preparation. If you’re going into a violent situation… this will always be a possibility. It’s not a game.