Gallery: Through the lens of editor Graham McAlister
June 3, 2020
After I arrived downtown on Sunday, May 31, I spent an hour searching for protesters until I came across a line of armed National Guard at the corner of King and Calhoun streets. From there, it was hard not to hear screaming protesters, who were gathering at Marion Square. By the time I arrived, law enforcement officers equipped with batons, rubble bullets and tear gas had begun arresting some protesters dispersing the crowd from the park.
Protesters marched their way away from Marion Square and onto Meeting, where they were greeted with a line of riot-geared officers. I stationed myself away from the action, along with other journalists, on a side street intersecting Meeting. Despite our neutral position,we were still hit with multiple canisters of tear gas, one making heavy contact with me and a fellow journalist.