As KCCI’s Emmy Victor was covering on an officer-involved shooting in Boone, Iowa, a woman approached the reporter and grabbed the tripod from photojournalist Zach Hayes.
The local resident constantly hurled racial slurs at Victor, who is now being praised for maintaining her calm during the horrific incident.
In the video above, Victor, who is black, can be seen backing away from the woman as she yells, “Get the f--- out of here you stupid f---ing n-----.”
Although Victor asks the woman not to call her that, she continues using abusive language and at one point, even tries to grab her.
It was later found that the woman was the mother of the man whose shooting was being covered by the KCCI crew.
Michael Disbrowe, 28, was killed by police officers after allegedly threatening people with a gun. When the cops arrived, he refused to drop the weapon and police show him.
Disbrowe later died at a local hospital.
KCCI General Manager Brian Sather released a statement following Tuesday’s incident:
“The safety of our crews is critically important as they cover stories affecting our communities. This morning Emmy and Zach demonstrated the utmost professionalism in the face of a very difficult, emotionally charged situation.”
Meanwhile, Victor received much-deserved praise for her conduct during the ordeal:
@EmmyVictorKCCI you shouldn't have to deal with that stuff but way to keep your cool! Who said this job was easy?— Pedro Rivera (@4029Pedro) June 29, 2016
@EmmyVictorKCCI I hate what happened to you. I am impressed with your cool head & class. You are such a professional. I applaud you. 👏🏽— Perri Collins (@perricollins) June 29, 2016