Two Reporters Arrested In Ferguson During Protests After Teen Shooting

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August 13, 2014 9:31 p.m.

Reporters for the Huffington Post and Washington Post were arrested on Wednesday evening amid the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting this weekend of a young African-American man.

Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post and Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post, reporting from the scene in Ferguson, relayed their encounters with the police via social media. It appears they were both arrested at a local McDonald’s and later released without being charged.

The reporters were there covering protests following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed, on Saturday. Confrontations between protesters and police, resulting in tear gas and rubber bullets being fired into the crowds, have occurred since Sunday evening.

Their accounts, curated by TPM, are below. Reilly is a former reporter for TPM.

The police actions were condemned by senior editors from both the Huffington Post and Washington Post.

“We’re very glad that Ryan has been released and is doing well,” Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief for the Huffington Post, told TPM in an email. “But this is what happens when local police are allowed to become para-military units.”

“That behavior was wholly unwarranted and an assault on the freedom of the press to cover the news,” Marty Baron, executive editor at the Washington Post, told Post reporter Mark Berman.

A photographer from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted this photograph of Reilly being arrested.

Law enforcement officials in Ferguson and St. Louis County could not be immediately reached for comment.

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