KPIX-TV cameraman Gregg Welk was attacked by a group of young men during a live-shot this week in Oakland. The youths punched him and stole his camera while he was on assignment on a busy Oakland street.
The attack and robbery happened in broad daylight.

CBS 5 reported, via Free Republic:

A photojournalist for CBS 5 San Francisco was beaten and robbed of his camera by a group of young men in Oakland following a live newscast report Wednesday.

Photographer Gregg Welk and reporter Anne Makovec had just finished their noon report on the passage of Prop 30 in front of Oakland Technical High School on the 4300 block of Broadway.

After the live shot, an unknown number of men rushed up, punched Welk and grabbed his camera, according to CBS 5 Communications Director Akilah Bolden-Monifa.

The men then fled in a car with the camera. Welk suffered minor injuries, was treated at a hospital and released, according to Bolden-Monifa. Makovec was not hurt.

The attack was the latest among a series of incidents involving members of the press in Oakland. In recent months, journalists with the Oakland Tribune, KTVU and KNTV have been accosted and robbed of laptops, cameras and tripods. The cost of broadcast-quality cameras can run into the tens of thousands of dollars each.




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  1. And what color are these fine young genilemen?

  2. So? they STILL won’t report black youth violence

  3. A select gang of Obama supporters no doubt. What is it about Oakland? I’m sure the mayor will get right on it.

  4. It’s the media! This is great news! I’m thrilled these evil media bastards are getting some to go with their lies and propaganda. I’m really upset they didn’t get a real good kicking and are still in hospital…

  5. heh. Hard to feel bad for the cameraman or anyone else in the media. They were lucky to get out of Oakland alive.

    In my city, whenever I see more than 2 blacks I make certain my pistol is near to hand.

  6. Sounds like Oakland has finally descended into the anarchy they have espoused for the last 50+ years . . . .

  7. So street scum predators, an Obama group, attack members of the notoriously leftist MSM, also an Obama group, hurt them and deprive them of their own private property.

    Sorry, fresh out of sympathy,

  8. “A photojournalist for CBS 5 San Francisco was beaten and robbed of his camera by a group of young men in Oakland following a live newscast report Wednesday.”

    “young men?” Let me guess. The farm boys from Iowa?

  9. Oakland is a tough town and has been for years. It is one of the very few places I have actually been afraid for my safety. I was there on business. I was walking down the street in broad daylight and was hassled by a group of young guys. I just ignored them and kept walking. I remember thinking, this is NOT a friendly place! San Francisco is so much nicer.

  10. We are devolving as a culture. People have no sense of responsbility or purpose. They just want free goodies.

    We should all pray for our country

  11. I”m really trying to work up some sympathy for the media guy attacked by the honor students. Nope, can’t do it.

  12. #9

    Hah. I had forgotten that great column. But since I lived for many years in the city, one in which the police actually watched a white man being beaten to death and did nothing under orders from their chief, I think I have internalized all of those rules.

  13. As far as I’m concerned it’s a start. Would love to see every so-called journalist in the country drug out into the streets and horse whipped.

  14. It’s hard to feel pity, and it’s hardly unexpected in California

  15. …stupid hurts

  16. And they were talking about a vote to repeal the death penalty. I’m sure the young thugs favor that.

  17. This is the self cleansing that will happen in the blue states.

    Red states not so much. The parasites will be emboldened by thier

    parasite n chief’s re-election. Guess what, the slightly less than half majority

    will erase the lefts more violent half. Rule of nature that our founders understood.

    Law of the jungle. Center mass to remove the threat. Double tap.

    Reassess. Repeat if needed.

    Congratulations, the war zone is in our backyard. Forget the rag heads

    worry about the urban thugs.

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