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Two Journalists Arrested Amid Renewed Clashes In Ferguson, Mo.

Officers reportedly ordered customers to leave a McDonald's where the reporters had been working. Tensions between protesters and police have rocked the St. Louis suburb since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed on Saturday.

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@HuffingtonPost reporter @ryanjreilly arrested when police closed Ferguson McDonalds. #MikeBrown #Ferguson

Robert Cohen@kodacohen

@HuffingtonPost reporter @ryanjreilly arrested when police closed Ferguson McDonalds. #MikeBrown #Ferguson

6:23 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Reporters Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and Ryan J. Reilly of the Huffington Post were working inside a McDonald's in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday when officers arrived and arrested the two journalists.

SWAT just invade McDonald's where I'm working/recharging. Asked for ID when I took photo.

Ryan J. Reilly@ryanjreilly

SWAT just invade McDonald's where I'm working/recharging. Asked for ID when I took photo.

4:53 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police come into McD where me and @ryanjreilly working. Try to kick everyone out.

Wesley Lowery@WesleyLowery

Police come into McD where me and @ryanjreilly working. Try to kick everyone out.

4:53 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"We cannot guarantee your safety. We will not be answering 911 calls"

Wesley Lowery@WesleyLowery

"We cannot guarantee your safety. We will not be answering 911 calls"

4:53 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Photo of reporter I believe to be @ryanjreilly being cuffed and put in a police van minutes ago in #Ferguson

Jon Swaine@jonswaine

Photo of reporter I believe to be @ryanjreilly being cuffed and put in a police van minutes ago in #Ferguson

5:14 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Information on the status of the two men was not immediately available.

I just called Ferguson police chief to ask about @WesleyLowery and @ryanjreilly, told him what I knew. His response: "Oh, God."

Matt Pearce@mattdpearce

I just called Ferguson police chief to ask about @WesleyLowery and @ryanjreilly, told him what I knew. His response: "Oh, God."

8:30 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Called #ferguson police to ask abt our reporter @ryanjreilly being arrested. Told they couldn't tell me. I asked for his name. He hung up.

Amanda Terkel@aterkel

Called #ferguson police to ask abt our reporter @ryanjreilly being arrested. Told they couldn't tell me. I asked for his name. He hung up.

5:39 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The two reporters later confirmed on Twitter they were taken into custody and released.

Well, @WesleyLowery and I have been released. That was an experience.

Ryan J. Reilly@ryanjreilly

Well, @WesleyLowery and I have been released. That was an experience.

5:41 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Ferguson police chief told a Los Angeles Times reporter that St. Louis County officials were handling operations.

Ferguson chief tells me @WesleyLowery and @ryanjreilly's arresters were "probably somebody who didn't know better."

Matt Pearce@mattdpearce

Ferguson chief tells me @WesleyLowery and @ryanjreilly's arresters were "probably somebody who didn't know better."

5:47 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I just talked to the Ferguson chief again about Wes and Ryan. "I told them to release them," he said of the riot command.

Matt Pearce@mattdpearce

I just talked to the Ferguson chief again about Wes and Ryan. "I told them to release them," he said of the riot command.

5:46 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Lowery detailed the arrest and a use of force by at least one officer against him.

Officers decided we weren't leaving McDonalds quickly enough, shouldn't have been taping them.

Wesley Lowery@WesleyLowery

Officers decided we weren't leaving McDonalds quickly enough, shouldn't have been taping them.

5:40 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Officers slammed me into a fountain soda machine because I was confused about which door they were asking me to walk out of

Wesley Lowery@WesleyLowery

Officers slammed me into a fountain soda machine because I was confused about which door they were asking me to walk out of

5:44 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

As he was arrested, he said he saw a black man in the back of a police truck who was refused paramedics.

"I'm dying. I'm dying. Please call help he screamed." They mocked him

Wesley Lowery@WesleyLowery

"I'm dying. I'm dying. Please call help he screamed." They mocked him

5:45 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He was not given the names of any of the officers involved.

Detained, booked, given answers to no questions. Then just let out

Wesley Lowery@WesleyLowery

Detained, booked, given answers to no questions. Then just let out

5:46 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"The chief thought he was doing you a favor" - police officer tells me about release. With no charges, no police report

Wesley Lowery@WesleyLowery

"The chief thought he was doing you a favor" - police officer tells me about release. With no charges, no police report

6:04 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's as if the arrest and the assaults never took place. Just opened the doors and let is out as if we'd let it go

Wesley Lowery@WesleyLowery

It's as if the arrest and the assaults never took place. Just opened the doors and let is out as if we'd let it go

6:04 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The treatment they received from police was far better than that of others in Ferguson, Lowery noted.

I'm emotional, but need to note: Ryan and I are fine. Have seen people in Ferguson hurt by gas/rubber bullets. This wasn't that

Wesley Lowery@WesleyLowery

I'm emotional, but need to note: Ryan and I are fine. Have seen people in Ferguson hurt by gas/rubber bullets. This wasn't that

6:00 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Lowery captured video of his arrest Wednesday inside the McDonald's.

Marty Baron, executive editor of the Washington Post, released a statement condemning the arrest of Lowery, saying "there was absolutely no justification for his arrest."

My statement on arrest of @wesleylowery in Ferguson: "assault on the freedom of the press to cover the news" http://t.co/APWzcLdWVI

Marty Baron@PostBaron

My statement on arrest of @wesleylowery in Ferguson: "assault on the freedom of the press to cover the news" http://t.co/APWzcLdWVI

9:49 PM - 13 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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