This Actually Happened: Ferguson Police Arrest Getty Photographer
Getty Images has confirmed that one of its photographers, Scott Olson, was arrested on Monday in Ferguson, Missouri. Journalist Amy K. Nelson posted a video in which Olson said he was arrested because police “said the media is required to be in a certain area.”
Clearly there is something disturbing in Ferguson and it’s not the protesters. Freedom of the press is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution – unless you’re in the city of Ferguson.
Image tweeted by Ryan J. Reilly:
The Guardian reports that Pancho Bernasconi, vice-president for news at Getty Images, said: “Getty Images staff photographer Scott Olson was arrested this afternoon in Ferguson, Missouri, while on assignment documenting the events there. We at Getty Images stand firmly behind our colleague Scott Olson and the right to report from Ferguson. Getty Images is working to secure his release as soon as possible.
“We strongly object to his arrest and are committed to ensuring he is able to resume his important work of capturing some of the most iconic images of this news story.”
Olson captured this – among other images – amazing photo of the protest:
Scott Olson just released. He said “I want to be able to do my job as a member of the media and not be arrested for just doing my job”
— Pancho Bernasconi (@DailyLuca) August 19, 2014