MPD: Television crew attacked by looter on State Street, News 3 Now camera vandalized during protest

Camera Damage

MADISON, Wis. — A television news crew was attacked while on air early Tuesday morning, according to the Madison Police Department.

An NBC 15 reporter and photojournalist were reporting on the violence and looting that took place along State Street overnight when the incident happened.

Police said the incident happened along the 600 block of State Street around 5 a.m.. Officers were in the area and able to locate the suspect shortly after.

According to an incident report, the photojournalist was filming a man, 40-year-old Michael E. Campbell, going through items that had been looted from the 7-Eleven when the Campbell began throwing bottles at the photojournalist. Campbell then reportedly grabbed the victim from behind and aggressively shook him and his camera.

Campbell fled on a bike, but he was eventually apprehended on South Park Street.

He was arrested on suspicion of battery, disorderly conduct, resisting/obstructing and on a probation hold.

A News 3 Now crew also was also targeted by demonstrators Monday night.  Someone used spray paint to damage a News 3 camera as one of our photojournalists was gathering information and shooting video.