Jury awards $1.7M to TV news camerawoman

LOS ANGELES, CA Jurors awarded the damages on Friday to KTTV-TV camerawoman Patricia Ballaz. The panel also awarded $39,000 to KPPC radio reporter Patricia Nazario but failed to reach a verdict for KTTV reporter Christina Gonzalez.

The journalists claimed police used excessive force on them as officers clashed with immigration protesters at MacArthur Park.

Attorneys for the city argued that the journalists were only shoved after they refused to get out of the way and fought police.

Last year, the city agreed to pay nearly $13 million to settle lawsuits filed by attendees who said they were injured or mistreated during the rally.

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