A TV Station Hired Security For Its Reporters. Then, Trouble Came.


On Saturday, Oct. 10, a protester was shot and killed by an individual suspected to be an individual who worked for a private security company. Why was he at the scene in front of the Denver Art Museum?

The man was believed to have been hired by Pinkerton to keep a field journalist employed by a TEGNA-owned local TV station safe.

Now, with an individual dead and video footage of the incident distributed across social media, some are wondering if TEGNA faces a legal challenge — or if it is an innocent party in an incident that went horribly wrong.

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TEGNA could have a hefty legal bill defending itself from any claims of negligence in the coming years. It provides a key learning lesson for media companies and local management to review all contracts — and insurance policies — in the event of a mishap.

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