2 Reporters Covering Ferguson Protests Describe Detainment

They were roughed up in a McDonald’s and thrown in jail. But they want the spotlight off them and back on what’s happening in this Missouri city.

Wesley Lowery reports from Ferguson, Mo., before his arrest Aug. 13, 2014.
Wesley Lowery reports from Ferguson, Mo., before his arrest Aug. 13, 2014. Twitter/@bzref

Washington Post’s Lowery Tweets He “Can’t Shake Anger”

“The Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly and the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery were arrested Wednesday while covering the protests in Ferguson, Missouri surrounding the death of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown, who was shot by a police officer last week,” the Huffington Post reported Wednesday.

“The journalists were released unharmed, but their detentions 
highlighted the town’s ramped up police presence, which has left numerous residents 
injured by rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas during protests held every night after 
Brown’s death.

“SWAT officers roughed up the reporters inside a McDonald’s, where both journalists were working. Reilly snapped a photo, prompting cops to request his identification.

” ‘The officer in question, who I repeatedly later asked for his name, grabbed my things and shoved them into my bag,’ said Reilly, who appeared on MSNBC’s ‘All In with Chris Hayes‘ shortly after his release to recount the arrest. ‘He used his finger to put a pressure point on my neck.’

” ‘They essentially acted as a military force. It was incredible,’ Reilly said. ‘The worst part was he slammed my head against the glass purposefully on the way out of McDonald’s and then sarcastically apologized for it.’ . . .”

Lowery, meanwhile, tweeted these messages: