Two reporters covering demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, the town where a city police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, were arrested outside of a McDonald’s where they were working Wednesday night.
Demonstrators had gathered for a fifth night in the streets of the St. Louis suburb where Brown was shot on Saturday. A demonstration Sunday devolved into looting and riot-like conditions, and police and SWAT units were at their heaviest on Wednesday, according to social media users at the scene.
One of the reporters arrested, Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly, had photographed what he estimated to be more than 70 SWAT unit officers lined up along the street with guns aimed towards people in the street.
And later, while Reilly was at a nearby McDonald’s, he wrote on Twitter that SWAT came into the restaurant and asked him for identification after he took their picture.
SWAT just invade McDonald's where I'm working/recharging. Asked for ID when I took photo. pic.twitter.com/FOIsMnBwHy— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 13, 2014
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