Photographer suing L.A. County, sheriff over alleged assault while covering arrest, violent protest


A veteran news photographer has filed a civil lawsuit against Los Angeles County and Sheriff Alex Villanueva stemming from an alleged assault that happened in Lynwood while he was covering a protest and subsequent arrest of a local radio news reporter.

Nasser “Nash” Baker, a freelance photographer with OnScene.TV, said he identified himself as a member of the media when he was assaulted by a deputy who also threatened to damage his equipment.

Part of the September 2020 alleged assault was captured on camera.

Ellina Abovian reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on May 4, 2021.

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