NBC News correspondent Jo Ling Kent was hit by what appears to be a tear gas canister while covering the Black Lives Matter protest in Seattle following the murder of George Floyd.
The incident happened at Capitol Hill around 9 p.m. on Monday, a few hours after the 6 p.m. curfew
went into effect, according to The Independent
Speaking to the network, the 31-year-old journalist said the protest started out peacefully, but turned into chaos after 9 p.m. when the police began moving forward.
“The situation began disintegrating after 9 p.m., three hours after the city-wide curfew went into effect,”
Kent told Today
. “Tensions suddenly boiled over at the police barricades with protestors yelling and officers moving forward with tear gas.”
As the police continued to advance, Kent and her crew, along with a huge crowd, made their way onto a baseball field in Capitol Hill.
As she was reporting the events happening in the neighborhood, a random tear gas canister bounced near her left arm. Kent was able to run at a safe distance before smoke started to appear.
Kent took to Twitter to update that she was safe following the close-call.
Born to an American father and Chinese mother, Kent started her career as a web reporter for ABC News when she covered the Beijing Olympics 2008, Taiwan elections, and the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, according to her Everipedia