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Eyewitnesses say Ferguson police arrested journalist for standing on sidewalk

Once again, police and eyewitnesses in Ferguson disagree about what happened.


Kevin Collier


Posted on Nov 23, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 3:47 am CDT

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.

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.

The grand jury has yet to reach a decision on Wilson, and will reconvene Monday.

Photo by banspy/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Remix by Fernando Alfonso III

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*First Published: Nov 23, 2014, 1:17 pm CST