49 year old Brazilian cameraman with “TV Bandeirantes” by the name of Santiago Ilídio Andrade was pronounced brain dead after he was hit in the head by an explosive device while covering protests in Rio de Janeiro on February 6, 2014. People in Rio were protesting bus fare increases. It is believed someone brought with them a firecracker and set it off in the middle of the demonstration, wounding the cameraman.
Santiago Ilídio Andrade was taken to the Souza Aguiar Hospital where he underwent brain surgery to stop bleeding and stabilize the intracranial pressure. Besides the cracked skull, the cameraman also lost part of his left ear. On February 10, 2014, he was placed in a medically induced coma.
A few days later, police arrested a college student and a tattoo artist named Fábio Raposo who confessed to “participating” in setting the firecracker off, but said he did not intend on hurting anyone. Authorities plan to charge him with first degree murder. If convicted, he could be face up to 30 years in prison. Other people were probably involved in the incident too.
I have a few videos of the incident. Here’s one angle:
Slo Mo of the moment the cameraman was hit (from the second video):
A few pics: