CMPD releases photo of news crew attackers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police are asking for your help to identify the persons who attacked a news crew during the Keith Scott protests. 

Mary Sturgill and Eric Alkire, a reporter and photojournalist, were attacked by protesters as they walked to their news van near the corner of North Brevard and East Trade Streets. 

Sturgill and Alkire were in Charlotte from Columbia to assist NBC Charlotte with coverage in the wake of the Keith Scott shooting. 

The team was walking back to their truck when Alkire stopped to record video of a small fire on the street.

"So when I start shooting the fire in the trash can, a protestor comes up on my right and pulls the cable," Alkire explained.

The cable connected his camera to his live transmitter. In an instant, the attackers pounced.

"The person in the red hoodie flew through the air and punched Eric in the side of the head and Eric went down," Sturgill said.

"That's the last thing I remember for a while," Alkire said.

Sturgill tried to protect her unconscious partner but got kicked in the back. The two were rescued by other protesters and nearby police officers.

Thursday, police released surveillance photo of the attackers.

If you have any information that may assist police in this investigation, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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