A freelance journalist who was blinded in one eye while covering the protests and rioting in Minneapolis is suing police.
Photographer Linda Tirado of Nashville, Tenn., says she lost sight in her left eye after Minneapolis police shot her in the face with a foam bullet. The impact shattered her safety goggles.
In a federal lawsuit filed last week, Tirado said she was struck May 29 after stepping in front of protesters to take a picture of police. Protesters took her to a hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery.
The lawsuit names the city of Minneapolis, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington, State Patrol commander Col. Matt Langer and Minneapolis police union president Bob Kroll.
Tirado said she wore a press credential around her neck that clearly identified her as a journalist.
In a statement, Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said an officer may have fired a marking round at Tirado.
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