A journalist shot by police while covering the 2020 protests is dying of her injuries


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Via:  hallux  •  3 weeks ago  •  8 comments

By:   Rachel Treisman - NPR

A journalist shot by police while covering the 2020 protests is dying of her injuries

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A journalist who was shot by Minneapolis police while covering 2020 protests over the death of George Floyd   is dying of her injuries.

Freelance photojournalist Linda Tirado, 42, entered hospice care in Tennessee earlier this week, the   National Press Club   announced in a statement.

The organization said it is sending "our love and admiration" to Tirado, as well as funding to support the costs of her care. President Emily Wilkins is "in contact with Linda and working on a way to honor her legacy,"   it added .

Tirado was 38 in May 2020 when she drove from Nashville ,   Tenn., to Minneapolis to cover the unrest unfolding after the murder of George Floyd .   He died when a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes. The city became an   epicenter of widespread demonstrations   against racial injustice and police brutality.

Tirado was covering the protests on the night of May 29 when police officers fired "nonlethal" foam plastic bullets into the crowd. One of them hit her in the eye — even though she was wearing protective goggles and press credentials.

"I was lining up a photo when I felt my face explode," Tirado wrote in an   op-ed for NBC News   that June. "My goggles came off and my face was suddenly burning and leaking liquid, the gas mixing with the blood. I threw up my arms and started screaming, 'Press, I'm press,' although I'm not sure if anyone could hear me with my breathing apparatus and the general chaos around me."

Tirado permanently lost vision in her left eye, which led to additional complications like dizziness and lack of depth perception.

The National Press Club said it had learned that Tirado also suffered a traumatic brain injury from the blow, and developed dementia as a result.

"While we she has battled, her condition has continued to worsen to the point she is at life's end and receiving palliative care," it wrote.

Writer Noah Berlatsky, a friend of Tirado's, wrote on   his Substack   that she had been struggling with "short-term memory troubles," adding, "She still has some lucid moments, but they're becoming more infrequent."

Tirado, who won the press club's John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award in 2020, has been unable to work since her injury. She has written about her experience, including slamming the "police state" and political climate under then-president Donald Trump in a   2020 piece in The New Republic .

"I will not regain sight in my left eye. I will need more surgeries," she wrote. "But I have not been crying for my lost vision; rather, it feels as though my body is reacting to what is happening to my country."

Tirado  sued the Minneapolis police  in June 2020, and in 2022 received $600,000 as part of a  broader settlement  between the city and people assaulted by police during the protests. (Earlier this year, Minneapolis approved  another $950,000 settlement  on behalf of journalists hurt or detained by police while covering the protests.)

NPR has reached out to the Minneapolis Police Department for comment.

Most of Tirado's settlement money, the press club said, went toward medical fees. Tirado estimated that her injury would cost some $2.5 million in medical expenses during her lifetime, according to a   2022 profile in Long Lead .

"Linda's husband is doing his best to cover the bills for her care, but they have to support two children as well," the press club added, encouraging its members to send contributions directly to Tirado via Venmo, PayPal or Zelle.

Tirado wrote about "getting ready to die" in a  June 13 post  on her Substack, in which she said she was "lucky to have been diagnosed early, so that I have time to write another book or at least put all my journals in one place so that if I go sooner than we think I will, someone will be able to read them all and pull out enough words to publish on my behalf."

"But I don't feel lucky, or unlucky," she added. "I feel nothing but joy and peace and pain and fear, all of it all at once so that it bleeds into itself and can only be described as emotion raw and pure and beautiful and perfect, and also fleeting."

An X (formerly Twitter) account belonging to Tirado has tweeted several times since then, including one   post on Sunday   thanking people for their wishes and urging them to use that energy into "hit up your next local council meeting and give them hell for me."

The next day, in response to one user asking about eventual funeral arrangements,   Tirado replied   there would be no funeral or need to travel.

Instead, she encouraged people to "blast you some early 80s punk and raise a glass."


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PhD Principal
1  seeder  Hallux    3 weeks ago

Shades of 6-1. Yes you can die several days after a physical or emotional injury and as in Ms Tirado's case several years after.

Greg Jones
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1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Hallux @1    3 weeks ago

Such can be the consequences of radical activism. Violent demonstrations by the leftists actually did happen there, and she put herself in a potentially dangerous situation.

PhD Principal
1.1.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    3 weeks ago
she put herself in a potentially dangerous situation.

Reporters have a tendency to do that ... seems to be part of the job.

Jeremy Retired in NC
Professor Principal
2  Jeremy Retired in NC    3 weeks ago

So another death attributed to the riots over a drug abuser overdosing.  

Professor Principal
3  Kavika     3 weeks ago

I remember when this happened, sadly years later she succumbed to her injuries.

If the LEO hadn't kneeled on this throat and killed him, which the courts found him guilty of she would be alive today. It's a death attributed to an out of control cop, per the courts.

Greg Jones
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3.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Kavika @3    3 weeks ago

According to all reports, he was pumped so full of drugs that even minimal pressure to his neck probably would have killed him.

George Floyd was certainly no hero, but a common criminal, and not worthy of all the sympathy heaped upon him. 

Professor Principal
3.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Greg Jones @3.1    3 weeks ago
George Floyd was certainly no hero, but a common criminal, and not worthy of all the sympathy heaped upon him. 

Of course, extra-judicial killings are always the way to go, damn the judicial system. 

Professor Guide
4  Tacos!    3 weeks ago

You can label a thing “non-lethal,” but that doesn’t make it true.


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