KUSA-TV announced on Sunday that it has been employing private security guards for several months to accompany its employees during protests. It was said that Dolloff was hired through the Pinkerton security company. However, in a statement, Pinkerton said Dolloff was a contract agent and not a Pinkerton employee. The company did not disclose the name of the contractor Dolloff worked for.
"Pinkerton is fully cooperating with law enforcement in investigating this matter," it said.
The network's news teams have taken security for years, especially overseas, said Dan Shelley, executive director of the Radio-Television-Digital News Association. In recent years, it has become more common for television news teams in increasingly corrosive political and ideological rhetoric, he said.
"It is very unfortunate that while journalists are not there to make friends, they are there to serve their communities by seeking and reporting the truth," he said.
In some markets, like the San Francisco Bay Area, this has become pretty routine, said Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. A private security guard was shot and wounded there when a crew on duty was robbed of their camera in front of a library in February 2019.
Typically, security guards are unobtrusive and simply step in to defuse situations, he said.