Son of Man Killed in Police Shootout Charged with Assaulting Rhode Island Reporter

By Kevin Eck 

The Lost Remote newsletter brings you the the best in streaming news, from staffing changes to premiere dates to trailers—to the latest platform moves. Sign up today.

The son of a man who died after a shootout with police has been charged with assaulting a Providence, R.I. NBC affiliate reporter who was covering the story.

The Providence Journal reports that police have charged 30-year-old Joshua Maclean with simple assault after he allegedly pushed WJAR reporter Joanna Bouras on Thursday.

“Thank you ⁦⁦⁦@projo⁩ for bringing light to this,” Bouras, who was unhurt in the assault, wrote on Twitter. “I want to be EXTREMELY clear, no one should EVER touch a TV Reporter or anyone who is trying to do their job.”

Providence police Commander Thomas Verdi said Maclean yelled and cursed at Bouras and then pushed her into a concrete wall.

Bouras was covering a standoff and shootout between police and Maclean’s 61-year-old father, Scott, who was found dead following an hours-long standoff. Police went to the Maclean home in response to a domestic violence call.

CBK Media Management also commented on the alleged assault, tweeting, “We are thankful that client @JoannaBouras is ok but we also hope that this trend of harassment of journalists will end. Reporters face numerous CHALLENGES and one should not be fearing for their well-being … EVER.”