The CBS Philadelphia reporter who documented the mocking and taunting from bystanders as officers were fired upon also faced harassment from neighborhood residents, twice.
“I mentioned this at 10 and since I was harassed during that live shot,” she tweeted on Wednesday, “I’ll mention it here too. A major moment of disappointment this evening was watching a crowd of people taunt police officers, laughing and yelling at them in the midst of the gunfire.”
In the live segment that aired on Wednesday, a man and a woman can be seen in the background trying to interfere with Hoff’s reporting. The cameraman zooms in at the end of the report in order to give them less exposure.
“I do want to mention something disappointing that I saw today,” said Hoff during the segment.
“I did see a crowd taunting police in the middle of all of this,” she added.
Some criticized her for even commenting on the harassment she and the police officers faced.
“What is your angle with saying this? The entire situation is disappointing. Also not everyone acted that way. Let’s just report the news please and not fan the flames of tensions between the police and folks living there,” said one Twitter user.
“I have no angle. I am reporting on what I saw here tonight. It’s a terrible situation, with no room for laughter,” she responded.
“I agree but can you see how it sounds w/o more info? Was laughter directed at police?” he replied. “Y would anyone laugh at police being shot? Did you ask the crowd? Ur comments just seem insensitive and incomplete. I find it hard to believe people were laughing at police. No offense.”
“For context: We were on a block where police were asking people to move off the street to the sidewalk for their safety,” Hoff added.” A group of approx 12 people refused, some yelling disparaging things others laughing at those comments in the officer’s faces.”
Hoff went to describe some of the harassment she faced.
“I like talking to anyone I can but was forced to walk off after a woman involved with the taunting yelled repeatedly for me and the camera to ‘get the f*** out of here.'” she added.
“Now, I can take this. People are ugly to me all the time but also, I didn’t have my colleagues shot today,” Hoff said.
Another online critic mocked her for not having the experience of a “POC” — a person of color.
The online criticism appeared to take its toll however — later she added a tweet to amend her version of events and tried to downplay the harassment.
“I should add – 98% of people here on scene were respectful and concerned,” she tweeted. “That moment was just such a startling thing to see in the middle of something so chaotic.”
There were reports that bystanders also threw objects at the police officers.
Here’s the segment where Hoff was taunted:
Hundreds Of Philadelphia Residents Line Streets As Gun Fire Is Exchanged