CBS Newspath is reporting on Twitter that crews from Meredith-owned Phoenix CBS affiliate are being asked to take extra precautions during the election vote count.
The tweet says station staff have been the targets of death threats and “have been told to wear bullet proof vests.”
AZ- DEATH THREATS FORCE KPHO CREWS TO WEAR VESTS- SOT THU0300- Reporters and anchors at KPHO in Phoenix have been told to wear bullet proof vests because of death threats directed at the station and its employees. pic.twitter.com/m5ALfJQRPCAdvertisement
— CBS Newspath (@cbsnewspath) November 6, 2020
TVSpy has reached out to Meredith and CBS Newspath, and we will update when we hear back.
The report comes as demonstrators have been gathering at election centers and polling stations around the country questioning the presidential vote count. There have been reports of armed demonstrators joining protests at the Maricopa County election center parking lot for the past two nights.
“The safety of our employees is our first priority at ABC15,” a spokesperson for Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV told TVSpy about their own protocols. “We have a robust plan, including regularly communicated safety guidelines, to keep our journalists safe as they continue to cover the news that matters most to Arizonans with the same commitment to quality and objective journalism we know our audiences rely on us for every day. Our crews are accompanied by security who assist in assessing their safety and recommending actions to ensure we are not harmed while covering these events.”