Man charged with assaulting journalist following clash in Fishtown

Antionette Lee
June 25, 2020 - 8:36 pm
Black Lives Matter protesters with counter-protesters on June 1 in Fishtown

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  Philadelphia officials have announced charges in an attack on a journalist and his girlfriend following Black Lives Matter protests earlier this month. Officials say the events stem from the controversy around a group of men allegedly wielding bats in Fishtown

District Attorney Larry Krasner says George Graf beat up WHYY producer Jon Ehrens, punching him several times while he was on the ground. 

George Graf
Philadelphia Police Department
The victim tweeted a picture of himself with a bloodied nose and a swollen shut eye.

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“There came a moment when several men chased him as he ran away. He was punched with a closed fist in the face, breaking his nose, also breaking his maxilla, which is part of the upper jaw beneath the nose. He was on the ground, he was kicked repeatedly. When he was on the ground, female friend was thrown into some trash cans,” Krasner said.

The incident took place during the unrest in Fishtown on June 1, where Krasner says Ehrens was filming a group of men who were gathered with bats, pipes and other items during a confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters outside of the 26th Police District.

“This was basically an attack by a small mob of people,” Krasner said. 

Graf, 36, has been charged with conspiracy, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and other related charges.

Krasner says Graf has a criminal record, including a conviction on assault charges from Philadelphia and Bucks County.

His office is investigating several complaints from that day.