Jury Acquits 'Occupy ICE' Protester Accused Of Hitting News Cameraman In Head
Portland, OR – A protester accused of attacking a cameraman outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in 2018 has been acquitted by a Multnomah County jury.
Danialle Inez James, 33, announced the not guilty verdict in an expletive-filled tweet on Friday morning.
“F--K F--K F--K F--K F--KIN F--K F--K F--KERS F--K F--K THE ANGRY BLACK WOMAN CARD DIDN’T WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT THEY WANTED TO PUSH THAT ONE HARRRRRRD #NoConcussion #NOTguilty #notGUILTY,” her post read.
James faced charged of harassment and fourth-degree assault for the June 28, 2018 attack, during which KATU cameraman Carter Maynard was struck in the back of the head by a wooden gate, The Oregonian reported.
James, allegedly fueled by a hate for the media, was the one accused of wielding the wooden gate, according to prosecutors.
She denied having assaulted Maynard during her four-day trial, and claimed that the federal government adopted Maynard’s supposedly fabricated story in order to silence her.
The suspect claimed she did nothing more than release the gate, and that it subsequently swung closed on its own, striking Maynard in the head in the process.
Maynard recorded James’ antics during the protest outside the ICE building, but the video did not show him being attacked from behind because he had the camera focused on what was in front of him.
James, clad in a hooded pink camo onesie, then proceeded to shove her cell phone into his face and the face of a nearby reporter while yelling “F--k the media!” the video showed.
During her trial, James testified that she was upset with the media because she felt that they were endangering the lives of the immigrants who attended the protest by broadcasting their faces, The Oregonian reported.
She said she began yelling profanities to disrupt their broadcasts, and that she also started recording them in a Facebook Live video.
It was unclear whether or not James believed she had endangered immigrants’ lives by broadcasting their faces.
Maynard was examined by two medical professionals following the incident, both of whom testified that they diagnosed him with a concussion.
A doctor hired by James’ defense team did not examine Maynard, but testified that Maynard did not suffer a concussion.
James’ attorney, Karen Mockrin, alleged that Maynard and another cameraman who witnessed the assault were both lying about what occurred.
“Is there any indication that he’s dizzy while he’s filming?” Mockrin asked the jury at one point. “He kept going for one hour and 42 minutes…I guess that’s just how dedicated a reporter he is.”
James bawled and hugged her supporters after the jury delivered the not-guilty verdict on May 16.
“Those [expletives] tried to pin me,” she proclaimed, according to The Oregonian. “Not guilty. Not guilty. Thank you.”
KATU reporter Genevieve Reaume, who was verbally accosted by James in the video, released a statement in the days following the verdict.
She noted that “multiple protesters” attacked “multiple journalists” verbally and physically on the day Maynard was hit in the head.
“This treatment is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” Reaume said, according to The Oregonian. “We are here to do an important job, to talk to all sides, to find the truth and report the facts.”
You can watch footage of James’ antics on the day of the alleged assault in the video below: