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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Snipers, Live, and Arrests of Journos, in....Ferguson

Livestream of street and protest--and snipers with guns trained on peaceful crowd--see below.  Update  10 p.m. : Second livestream right at center of action.  Rubber bullets and tear gas right now.  Two reporters already arrested.   

Update 9:30 p.m.:  The two, @RyanJReilly of HuffPost and@WesleyLowery of the Wash Post were indeed arrested and now out after police were informed they had indeed busted reporters.  Reilly now heading for MSNBC spot.   Here's Wash Post story on Lowery.
Lowery was directed to leave through one door, and then told to go through another, at which point his bag fell off of his shoulder.
“‘Okay, let’s take him,’” one of the officers said, according to Lowery.  Lowery said that at this point, he was slammed against a soda machine and plastic cuffs were placed on his wrists. He was trying to make it clear he was not resisting arrest, but it did not appear the officers believed him. “That made me, frankly, fear for my life,” Lowery said.
But looking back:
“I knew I was going to be fine,” Lowery said. “But the thing is, so many people here in Ferguson don’t have as many Twitter followers as I have and don’t have Jeff Bezos or whoever to call and bail them out of jail.”
Lowery said he repeatedly asked for the name or badge number of the officers involved and was denied.
The Post has protested the arrest. 

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