Cops in Ferguson Detain Journalists, Threaten to Shoot Cameraman, Mace Reporter

Categories: Michael Brown

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Danny Wicentowski
A reporter for KARG Argus Radio films from on top of a car in Ferguson.
As armed protesters facing off with heavily militarized security forces continue to clash in nightly violence in Ferguson, journalists on the scene are increasingly coming under threat of arrest or injury from police officers.

With tens of thousands of people watching via live stream, a police officer threatened to shoot a reporter filming police efforts to quell an increasingly violent protest in Ferguson Sunday night.

Off camera, the officer barks at the KARG Argus Radio cameraman: "Get that light off. Get the fuck out of here, or you're getting shot with this," referring, apparently, to the firearm he's carrying.

See all Riverfront Times coverage of Michael Brown and Ferguson.

Here's the video: The police captain liaising between police and the media steps in to explain that officers need camera lights turned off behind the front line for their own protection, but he declines to give the name of the officer who threatened the radio station reporter. KARG Argus Radio, run by a handful of volunteers, started live streaming video for the first time this week, offering hundreds of thousands of people front-line access to the unrest and chaos that's gripped Ferguson since officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown here last Saturday.

Three more reporters also tweeted they were arrested by police in Ferguson Sunday night. Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko, the Telegraph's Rob Crilly and the Financial Times' Neil Munshi were detained briefly and then let go.


Klemko explains what went down:

Klemko kept a little something to remember it by:

Chris Hayes was reporting live on MSNBC when a police officer threatened to mace him, yelling, "Media do not pass us, you're getting maced next time you pass us."

Why did police threaten Hayes? He answers on air: "Because they're generally hopped up and angry and pissed off and aren't excited there's about fifteen reporters watching what they're doing."


St. Louis Public Radio reporter Stephanie Lecci offered this harrowing account from the front lines:

Two journalists from the Washington Post and Huffington Post were arrested last week when they didn't leave a McDonald's being cleared by police quickly enough.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Kingwindirty Bank
Kingwindirty Bank

They were arrested for asking the police was it true that they're all ku klux Klan members

Sara Walker
Sara Walker

How do we know how bad it is in Ferguson without the media? Yet you rally for the authority of the police to arrest a reporter or anyone else recording/documenting police activity for the purpose of transparency because "they said so?" Please note that in this country reporters have no more rights than any other citizen. Their obligation is TO the citizen, to informing the People. Therefore, the People's expectation of the State's treatment of reporters should exactly mirror how they expect the State to treat the People. The media are working, too, at jobs they also chose for themselves, and also ask for no gratitude. However, if you must revile them and reduce the profession to avarice driven ghouls seeking bleed ledes, such criticism might fall flat next a reminder of the police's job to ensure the safety of a citizen from getting shot or beaten, considering recent matters.

Dave Hutton
Dave Hutton

Pretty sure the 1st amendment covers that.

Tim Goodman
Tim Goodman

Hmm there's no anti-police agenda in this reporting at all...

Joe Trost
Joe Trost

Just wanted to say go fuck yourself RFT! Slimy fucks

Ben Knefelkamp
Ben Knefelkamp

I am unfriending rft. Journos know what they are getting into. You don't listen, you go home... Goes for everyone.

Christine Dale
Christine Dale

This is a free paper because I'm realizing now that people won't pay for these lies.. pathetic..

kriophoros
kriophoros

I don't think KARG is as reputable as they would like people to think. Here is the experience I had on there livestream today. I was only concerned about the children and given the events which unfolded, I had good reason to be concerned.

I think KARG Argus Radio should be ashamed of themselves. I made a comment concerning the safety of the children in a potentially volatile environment and they banned me from commenting. Also, I left this message on their facebook page, only to be silenced and banned. KARG Argus Radio should not be supported in the Ferguson situation. Is it terrible and absurd for someone to worry about about the children?

MY MESSAGE TO KARG ARGUS RADIO:

So, you ban me from your live feed for making a statement about child awareness and the fact that I think a potentially volatile environment is no place for children? SHAME ON YOU! Where is your sense of morality? Clearly you have none when I make a comment regarding being concerned for the children and you allow all kinds of racist remarks to be spewed through your comments section! What is the matter with you! SHAME ON YOU! I hope you find Jesus because clearly you do not who is for or against these protesters! Just in case you want to know my personal opinion, I will share with you:

First, I would like to say that this young man did not deserve to die for his offenses. I believe the officer was trigger happy and POSSIBLY racist because six bullets are a bit too many when a taser would have done the job.

HOWEVER, Michael Brown was not a teenager. He was 18 years of age and in America, when you turn 18 you are considered a legal adult. Also, although the police officer did not know he had just committed a crime, Michael Brown had no knowledge that he didn't know, which could have led to allegations that he did indeed charge the police officer and attempt to take his gun from the holster.

My point is this, the news is sensationalizing this entire story and is one of the major factors as to why the events continue to escalate in Ferguson. The officer should be brought into custody and tried for his offenses. A jury should hear the case and make a verdict. It is not the duty of the general public to play judge and jury. This is how the American judicial system works and it is what needs to happen.

AGAIN, SHAME ON YOU! SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!

DO NOT SUPPORT KARG ARGUS RADIO!

John Imboden
John Imboden

How many white people here even went to Ferguson? At night? Or stood and marched with Black Panthers? Just me? On all of the above? Oh ok....

John Imboden
John Imboden

They have been calling some and saying real serious threats...

Mike McClanahan
Mike McClanahan

Don't worry, RFT. Can't please everyone. People don't seem to know how to shut the fuck up and hit the unfollow function.

Andrea Hilliard
Andrea Hilliard

Does the same go for all amendments, Ross? Or just the ones that you don't like at the time?

Joey Zo
Joey Zo

agree. they need a boycott page like ksdk

Trish Siems
Trish Siems

Rft why don't you go home toll this is done...you clearly are printing opinions rather than facts...

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Jei Drewaunt
Jei Drewaunt

I get it. You hate cops. Enough already.

Bob Goode
Bob Goode

Journalists need to be roughed-up.

aaronmccoy242
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Take me away from my family for a week, make me work 18hr days and expose me to that barbarism and see how polite I would be.  The police aren't there to coddle to the media bitches, they're there to try and keep those heathens from completely destroying Ferguson.  The media geniuses shining their lights on everyone except  the gangsta criminals hiding in the woods is a good example of how naive they (the media) can be. 

I ended many of those sentences in prepositions and I don't give a fuck!  hands up, LOOT!!!

Justin Mason
Justin Mason

Good the media is makeing the situation worse. Your in ablity to get facts straight. They aren't helping by any way just getting in the way. They should listen to the cops. And go home. Let them restore order in st louis

Ann Stillwell
Ann Stillwell

If you get in the way it's on you. I thought journalists were proud to call danger part of the risk of being a reporter.

Amanda Anderson
Amanda Anderson

I'm done RFT i can no longer stand seeing your horrible incorrect ridiculous journalism. Hopefully soon your bullshit paper will go bankrupt and you will no longer be able to spread your bullshit anymore. First before all this happened in Ferguson you kept producing an artical about how st louis is full white racists and that black ppl suffer while we get all the advantages and now you cant even report the truth about whats really going on in Ferguson. YOU ARE THE AN INSTAGATER IN THIS ISSUE AND INSTEAD BEING BIAST LIKE A NEWSPAPER IS SUPPOSED TO BE YOU ARE ENCOURAGING THE DESTRUCTION OF THIS COMMUNITY.

Victoria Garner
Victoria Garner

That's weird because news reporters last night were saying police were asking them if they needed water or medical attention because of the tear gas. Hmmmmm......

Ted Yancey
Ted Yancey

The first amendment has many clauses. Look up "place, time and manner."

Lori Peterson
Lori Peterson

The police officers are working. Reporters getting in their faces just trying to cause a situation is a disgrace. We know how bad it is in Ferguson and reporters need to stay away from the officers and let them do their jobs. Stop trying to get a story of brutality or excessive force, you are not being part of the solution but are a huge contributor of being part of the problem. Any reporter caught disobeying what they have been told to do should be arrested and then their employers should fire them. Stop making a bad situation worse. And let's not forget that part of them doing their job is making sure you aren't getting shot or beaten. How about being a little grateful that you get to go home at the end of your shift?

Amy L Latham
Amy L Latham

Yes we need to know what's going on. I live close and watch every night to know if it spreds to my neighborhood. But the press has got to stay out of the way!!

Amy L Latham
Amy L Latham

How about media stays out of the way so the police can do their job???????

Phillip Prater Theprisonersix
Phillip Prater Theprisonersix

When they force journalists out there will be no "unbias" witnesses. It will be he said-she said. And we all know that if you are part of the systen your voice will have more weight than that of ANY bystander who happens to be there. Who will lose? Just as every court will enforce the will of the court, not the will of the people involved, someone has to account for it and someone is the surety. It does not matter who has the most evidence or who is right, it only matters who pays. I can say with certainty that it will be "YOU"who pays. YOU always pay(s).

Ross Reinhart
Ross Reinhart

When it is for the safety of many then yes they can.

Erik Olsen
Erik Olsen

So Police can just shut down the First Amendment, got it.

Tara Rhee
Tara Rhee

Maybe if the media didn't get in the way and prevent them from doing their jobs....

AJ Roach
AJ Roach

I also think it's interesting how a lot of the "people" on this thread cherry-pick the laws they think should be followed.

Erik Olsen
Erik Olsen

Yeah, no sense in getting any news out on something happening inside a constitutional republic. Let the police do their job, Prole. Quit looking up, that place is not for you. The chocolate has been increased from 5g to 4.95g for your safety, Citizen. Big Brother loves you.

Jeana Poertner
Jeana Poertner

It seems that some reporters think a camera gives them some sort of VIP access or it somehow makes them bullet proof. Go right ahead. Get up there and block the police and then get shot and write a big, whiny piece about how the police didn't protect the press.

Nathan Kromat
Nathan Kromat

The media needs to document the human rights atrocities happening there.

Cindy Joyner Davis
Cindy Joyner Davis

GET THE NEWS MEDIA OUT OF THERE THEY ARE MAKING IT WORSE. They are IDIOTS, it's obvious they have no family involved or they would THINK BEFORE WRITING ARTICLES

Robert F Kiel
Robert F Kiel

So where is the video and audio of this? Sounds like lies from RFT. Un subscription of RFT

Ray Thomas
Ray Thomas

People not following direction sis how this entire thing got started.....see a pattern of society here?

Tim Douglas
Tim Douglas

I think that people sometimes forget that McDonald's and other high traffic service industries still manage "private" properties. They have the right to ask anyone to leave. This was also after the faculty closed from my understanding. He was asked to leave on camera no less than 30 times. Not sure why these reporters thought they were above the law because there was a story to be had.

Jason Ziegelmeyer
Jason Ziegelmeyer

Stay the fuck out of the way and follow directions and there should not be a problem, these men are already on edge and don't need to worry about dumb ass media getting in the way

Heather Coon
Heather Coon

As the world watches rioters threaten the whole community.

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