Two journalists covering the Michael Brown shooting case, Wesley Lowrey of The Washington Post and Ryan J. Reilly of The Huffington Post, reported that they were arrested and released by the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday night. Lowery and Reilly said they were detained after filming officers inside of a McDonald’s and then not leaving fast enough when ordered out.
Reilly called in to MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes and described the arrest. An officer started counting Reilly down, then grabbed his belongings, forced them into his bag, and arrested him. According to Reilly the officer used his finger to create a pressure point in his neck and slammed him against a wall. "The worst part was he slammed my head against the glass purposefully on the way out of McDonald’s and then sarcastically apologized for it," he said.
Matt Pearce at the Los Angeles Times said he spoke to the Ferguson police chief, who was shocked when he heard that two journalists had been arrested. “I told them to release them,” he told Pearce, referring to the riot command. The chief said the two were arrested “probably by somebody who didn’t know better.”
Lowery and Reilly are among the many national journalists who have been reporting from Ferguson in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer, and the riots and protests that followed. After their arrest, Christina Coleman of KSDK (an NBC affiliate) was hit with tear gas: