ABC7 Chicago veteran photographer attacked covering South Shore damage

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
ABC7 veteran photographer attacked covering protest damage
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A long-time ABC7 photographer was assaulted while reporting on the damage in the Chicago's South Shore neighborhood.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A long-time ABC7 Chicago photographer was assaulted Monday while reporting on the damage in the South Shore neighborhood.

Businesses at 75th and Stony Island began the enormous task of cleaning up from the destructive weekend after another night of violence.

Store windows were broken, merchandise was stolen and at least one business was set on fire.

A team from ABC7 was planning to report on the damage when veteran photojournalist, Kenny Bedford, was attacked from behind and knocked to the ground.

"It was very volatile. I've covered a lot of protests and marches and we've never become part of the story," Bedford said. "It hurt. My elbow, my knee; I fell forward."

In over 45 years with ABC7, Bedford said he has never been physically attacked. He has since been treated and is doing well.

"I think it could have been worse," he added.

ABC7 has reported the incident to police.