As Protests Roll On, Ferguson Cops Bust 2 Reporters

Police arrest more than 10 others, including alderman

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 14, 2014 7:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two reporters live-tweeted their own arrests and detention last night at a McDonald's in Ferguson, Mo., where protests have been ongoing after the shooting death last weekend of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and the Huffington Post's Ryan Reilly say they were reporting on the protests when a SWAT team entered the restaurant and hauled them away, reports the AP. Both men say they were "handled roughly" after being accused of trespassing but were later released without being charged—and without any good explanation, reports the New York Times, which also notes that police arrested more than 10 others last night, including a St. Louis alderman who was vocal on social media about the protests.

Police "crowd control" tactics since Brown's death have come under heavy criticism, especially the use of rubber bullets, tear gas, and guns trained on the crowds, reports Vox.com. "They essentially acted as a military force," Reilly said on MSNBC via the Huffington Post, revealing that he thinks he was detained because he wouldn't give his ID. "The worst part was [the officer] slammed my head against the glass purposefully on the way out of McDonald's and then sarcastically apologized for it." Lowery gives his own account in the Washington Post, saying that he was "slammed … into a soda machine" and that no one would tell him the arresting officer's name or ID number (read his entire first-person account). The St. Louis American also tweeted a similar claim last night, saying that "Two of our unarmed, female reporters had assault weapons pointed at them by officers. Nothing says peace like threatening a women's life." Meanwhile, Anonymous released audio of the aftermath of Brown's shooting.

Police advance through smoke on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
Police advance through smoke on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Jeremiah Parker, 4, stands in front of his mother, Shatara Parker, as they attend a protest on Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
Jeremiah Parker, 4, stands in front of his mother, Shatara Parker, as they attend a protest on Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
This image taken from video provided by Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post shows a police officer confronting Lowery in a fast-food restaurant in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014.
This image taken from video provided by Wesley Lowery of the "Washington Post" shows a police officer confronting Lowery in a fast-food restaurant in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Wesley Lowery)
Buttons that state Justice for Michael Brown are piled together in a box in Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.
Buttons that state "Justice for Michael Brown" are piled together in a box in Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)
Police officers work their way north on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., clearing the road with the use of tear gas and smoke bombs on Aug. 13, 2014.
Police officers work their way north on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., clearing the road with the use of tear gas and smoke bombs on Aug. 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)
People protest as tear gas canisters detonate around them on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
People protest as tear gas canisters detonate around them on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)
A protester kicks a smoke grenade that had been deployed by police back in the direction of police on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
A protester kicks a smoke grenade that had been deployed by police back in the direction of police on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A man watches as police walk through a cloud of smoke during a clash with protesters Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
A man watches as police walk through a cloud of smoke during a clash with protesters Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Protesters raise their hands in front of police atop an armored vehicle in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.
Protesters raise their hands in front of police atop an armored vehicle in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)
A protester shouts as she moves away from a line of riot police in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.
A protester shouts as she moves away from a line of riot police in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)
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