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
Police advance through smoke on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(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 "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.

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Aug 15, 2014 7:39 PM CDT
Everyone seem to be off track...It shouldn't matter what color the officer is and what color Brown was...What our concerns should be about is how many of our unarm citizens are being gun down in our street like the wild wild least they were arm.(some of them) This is what we should be focus can happen to any of us.
Lou Bernardo
Aug 15, 2014 11:17 AM CDT
The local business man say that the "big city" reporters were making an office out of a fast food store and refused to leave. They were buying only a cup of coffee and occupying a table during busy business hours. They were asked to leave and wouldn't. Of course the media thinks it's above the law and some sort of royality. They twisted their stiory of course to release it making themselves victims. When has the media not reported anything without a slant?
Aug 14, 2014 5:38 PM CDT
It is ironic how freedoms get trampled the most during liberal administrations. During Clinton's reign, the police became drastically militarized. Now Obama follows suit. Am I saying these presidents directly cause such incidents? Absolutely not! However, there is a trickle down effect when it comes to the abuse of the law. When the civil rights of one group is trampled, it sets precedence for the abuse of others. When you open the door, it rarely gets closed. When you arm, train, and treat federal law enforcement as some special military force, that trickles down. When you abridge freedoms in the name "war on fill in the blank", it is going to happen. You can't pick and choose the parts of the constitution you like, or agree with it. It is an all or nothing proposal!