As police forces escalate their paramilitary forces in Ferguson, MO, it has been confirmed that two journalists have been arrested in a McDonald’s. Wesley Lowery (Washington Post) and Ryan Reilly (Huffington Post) were both arrested and subsequently let go with no charges or explanation of why they were detained:
Both reporters spoke with MSNBC regarding their arrests this evening. Reilly states that the arresting officer “slammed my head against the glass purposefully… and then sarcastically apologized for it.” Lowery told Rachel Maddow that his press Washington Post press credentials were visible throughout the entire exchange, prompting Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron to issue a statement stating, “We are appalled by the conduct of police officers involved.” Later in the evening, another Huffington Post reporter was hit with tear gas:
This Week In Blackness’ Elon James reports that police were prepared to shoot him:
— Elon James White (@elonjames) August 14, 2014
While both CNN & MSNBC are finally covering the events in Ferguson, the most up to date information is coming from social media. If you’d like to stay up to date with events as they transpire, Garance Franke-Ruta has created a Twitter list of reporters on the ground in Ferguson and a Live Stream is currently being broadcast (Update: There is another stream here).
You can take action by donating to Michael Brown’s family’s legal defense fund, participating in a National Moment of Silence protest in your area, or contacting Missouri Governor Jay Nixon at 573-751-3222. Know of other resources or ways to help? Leave them in the comments.