Multiple eyewitnesses say that contrary to an official police report, a journalist arrested in Ferguson, Mo., was simply walking on the sidewalk.
There’s no question that protests and tensions swelled in Ferguson late Saturday night, as the community and world at large waits with bated breath to hear a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.
The St. Louis County Police Department, which reportedly recently hired a new social media coordinator, tweeted just after 1am that it had arrested Trey Yingst, a reporter with online news site News2Share.
— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) November 23, 2014
But fellow reporters on the ground in Ferguson, as well as Yingst himself, dispute the SLCPD’s claim that he was on the street, insisting instead he was legally on the sidewalk.
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) November 23, 2014
Police arrested this man after he said he was a journalist standing on the side walk outside the ferguson police dept pic.twitter.com/AG46fMTyOv
— Alex Wroblewski (@alexwroblewski) November 23, 2014
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) November 23, 2014
The grand jury has yet to reach a decision on Wilson, and will reconvene Monday.
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