December 18, 2014 10:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]The Washington-based journalist is suing St. Louis County.

Gerald Yingst, a reporter and producer with News2Share, also accuses police of defaming him by announcing his arrest on Twitter and saying he had refused a commander’s order to clear the street, damaging his professional reputation…

Yingst was one of two people detained on Nov. 22 during one of the nightly protests outside the Ferguson police department as a grand jury mulled whether to charge Darren Wilson with the shooting death in August of 18-year-old Michael Brown…

Yingst’s lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Missouri, names St. Louis Police Lieutenant James Vollmer as a defendant and says he is being sued in his individual capacity. It also sues St. Louis County for allegedly failing to train and supervise Vollmer, and for defamation.

The lawsuit says Yingst was standing on the sidewalk outside the police headquarters, recording attempts by officers to clear protesters from the street, when Vollmer allegedly pointed at Yingst and told a group of patrolmen to “lock him up.”[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

14 responses to Journalist Sues For Being Arrested While Covering Ferguson

  1. tiredoftea December 18th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I don’t know whether this has any chance of getting to court, but I hope it is the first of many.

    • tracey marie December 18th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Why not, journalists had the right to report, record and be visible. Plus it is Vollmer

      • tiredoftea December 18th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

        It seems like a weak argument that will be heard in a conservative court.

        • tracey marie December 18th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

          He was arrested for doing his job, legally.

          • tiredoftea December 18th, 2014 at 11:24 pm

            You say that as if that matters.

          • tracey marie December 18th, 2014 at 11:32 pm


          • tiredoftea December 18th, 2014 at 11:52 pm

            Yeah, sorry.

          • FrankenPC . December 19th, 2014 at 12:05 am

            This current state of affairs sucks really bad.

          • rg9rts December 19th, 2014 at 6:42 am

            WAP TAG Its damn it kat

    • whatthe46 December 18th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      i don’t know why he shouldn’t get anywhere, but anything that is an irritant to this department, i’m all in favor of.

    • FrankenPC . December 19th, 2014 at 12:05 am

      He’s already won by simply standing up.

      • tiredoftea December 19th, 2014 at 12:22 am

        I agree with that.

  2. Carla Akins December 19th, 2014 at 5:23 am

    You’d think the guy would have a better head shot. That picture is terrible.

  3. rg9rts December 19th, 2014 at 6:41 am

    The PD hates it when you challenge their authority