Kaitlin Rust Wiki – Kaitlin Rust Biography
WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust and photojournalist James Dobson were struck by pepper balls reportedly fired by an LMPD officer during a protest in downtown Louisville on Friday night.
It was previously reported that the officer was firing rubber bullets, but LMPD spokeswoman Jessie Halladay said the department’s officers do not use rubber bullets, and it was likely that was Rust and Dobson were hit with pepper balls.
Halladay commented again on the incident during a Saturday morning briefing with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
“We believe it was one of our SRT officers; we are still trying to identify which officer,” Halladay said. “Targeting the media is not our intention. There was a lot going on last night, and to be fair to both the officer and to Kaitlin, we need to take a deeper look at what happened and what prompted that action. So we have said that we will do that and if there needs to be a discipline we will address it.”
Kaitlin Rust Education
Kaitlin graduated from Rider University with a major in Digital Media and a minor in Political Science.
Kaitlin Rust Career
Kaitlin joined the WAVE 3 News team in May 2018 as a multimedia journalist and reporter. She’s coming up after spending two years in the Bayou State, reporting for WAVE sister station KPLC 7 News in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
This just happened on live tv. Wow, what a douche bag. pic.twitter.com/dQKheEcCvb
— Christopher Bishop (@ChrisBishopL1C4) May 30, 2020
Kaitlin Rust Shoot by Louisville Police with Pepper Bullets during a Protest on Live TV
Kaitlin and her crew were directly shot with pepper bullets by police outfitted in riot gear. The incident happened while the crew from WAVE 3 was live on air when Kaitlin Rust speaking about the dozens of officers in riot gear standing shoulder-to-shoulder near Louisville City Hall, according to CBS affiliate WIVB. She could be heard yelling, “I’ve been shot!” repeatedly. The videographer captured an officer directly pointing the gun at their team.
BREAKING: @louisvillemayor says he’s sorry a reporter was hurt last night after an officer fired a pepper bullet DIRECTLY at her, repeatedly. Police will identify the cop to “determine what was going on at the time & if further action is needed” pic.twitter.com/u9A9QEQso8
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) May 30, 2020