Watch: Police Threaten To Shoot, Mace, Arrest Reporters In Ferguson
Ferguson Police were caught on camera on Sunday night during a live stream threatening the cam operator with a gun. In addition, police threatened to mace Chris Hayes from MSNBC, because we all know how gangsta he is. There is no freedom of press in Ferguson. Police told Chris Hayes , “Media do not pass us, you’re getting maced next time you pass us.”
According to Gawker, at least two other journalists also claim they were arrested while following police orders.
Hours before the curfew was to begin, shortly 10:00 p.m. Sunday night, police launched tear gas at protesters and demanded that reporters turn their cameras off.
KARG has been live streaming the events unfolding in Ferguson, which allowed the public to see what’s really happening in the town that has been besieged by protesters after an unarmed black teenager was shot at least six times by a police officer last week.
A police officer saw Mustafa Hussein filming with his camera lights on. According to the police, the lights make it more difficult for them to see so they confronted him and pointed a gun at him.
“Get down, get the fuck out of here and get that light off, or you’re getting shot with this,” the officer yelled at the camera operator.
At another point, a journalist was reportedly shot with a beanbag. Freedom of the press is supposed to be a thing. Instead, journalists are confined to a staging area.
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Another journalist Neil Munshi of the Financial Times, tweeted that police ordered him to leave a parking lot being used as a staging area. When he complied, he was handcuffed and briefly held by Capt. Ron Johnson, according to Gawker.
Capt Johnson is now arresting us. — Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) August 18, 2014
After pleading with Johnson and explaining that they had followed the instructions by police, Johnson released him.