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)
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(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. (Read more Ferguson, Missouri stories.)

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