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article imagePhotojournalist injured snapping Olympic Torch in Toronto

By KJ Mullins     Dec 19, 2009 in World
A photojournalist was sent to hospital in Toronto after being pushed to the ground during the Olympic torch relay. The Toronto Star journalist was said to be dazed and had difficulty talking after the security team in charge of the relay shoved him.
The journalist, Ian Robertson, a photojournalist for the Toronto Sun, was shoved to the ground by security as Louise Russo, 50, made her way past him during the relay.
Russo was paralyzed by a stray bullet in 2004 in Toronto while at a sandwich shop. She was part of the relay, the torch strapped to her wheelchair.
Robertson was shooting video of the moment when the police shoved him. During the process Robertson's head was hit, resulting in a concussion.
CP24 reports:
"To us, it looks like an unprovoked and unwarranted attack on our journalists," said editor-in-chief of the Toronto Sun, James Wallace.
"Crowd control is absolutely necessary, but this goes beyond what's acceptable and somebody needs to be accountable for it," said Wallace.
According to the security team that is protecting the relay runners the journalist in question had been warned twice while he had attempted to breach the security box around the runner.
There have been reports that the team has shoved other journalists during the relay. Robertson is the first to have been injured.
The Toronto Sun told Digital Journal that Robertson is not working on Saturday but that he's "doing okay."
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