Two reporters arrested in Ferguson, Mo.
Ferguson, Mo., police fired tear gas at demonstrators and arrested two reporters as the St. Louis suburb erupted for a fourth night after a police officer fatally shot an unarmed teen Saturday.
City officials had asked for calm, but police set up barricades and were out in force as the sun went down.
As a protest escalated, officers in riot gear moved in to close a McDonald’s restaurant where reporters were writing and charging cellphones.
Reporters Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post said on Twitter that police told them to stop recording the events, then took them into custody.
Reilly tweeted that police asked him for his ID when he took a photo. He said he and Lowery were arrested for “not packing their bags quick enough.”
Lowery tweeted, “Officers slammed me into a fountain soda machine because I was confused about which door they were asking me to walk out of.”
Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Pearce tweeted that when he contacted Ferguson police Chief Thomas Jackson and asked about the arrests of the reporters, Jackson responded, “Oh God.”
Pearce said he spoke to the chief a second time and Jackson said he asked the riot command to release the reporters.
If cops object to being recorded that’s a pretty good indicator they know they’re up to no good. As for arresting reporters I assume they have never heard of the 1st Amendment.