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Ferguson Police Arrest Reporters for Covering Mike Brown Shooting

August 14, 2014

Michael Denison, The Palm Beach Post

Aug. 14--Two reporters were seized in Ferguson, Mo., yesterday without justification while covering demonstrations responding to Michael Brown's death, according to The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.

Wesley Lowery from The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post were at a McDonald's in the town on Wednesday night because it had Wi-Fi and power outlets, according to Lowery's report. Lowery said at one point armed police officers entered the building and asked them for identification.

Police briefly left and returned, telling the reporters they had to leave. Lowery and Reilly began recording the officers, which is legal, according to The Washington Post. Officers told them to stop and gave Lowery conflicting instructions over which way to exit the McDonald's.

Lowery told officers he needed to gather his bag, which was slipping from his shoulder. An officer said "Let's take him," grabbed Lowery, and began to handcuff him.

Lowery said he had his hands behind his back and did not resist, but officers told him, "You're resisting. Stop resisting."

As Lowery and Reilly were waiting outside for a police car, they saw a man screaming for a paramedic, but police insisted he was going to be fine.

After arriving at the station, an officer let both reporters go, saying the police chief thought he was doing the reporters a favor. No arrest report was given.

"There was absolutely no justification for [Lowery]'s arrest," Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron wrote in a statement. "We are appalled by the conduct of the police officers involved."

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Original headline: Police seize reporters in Mo. covering Michael Brown shooting


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