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.

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.

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

— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine)

7. 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)

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)

9. 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)

10. 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)

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)

12. 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 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)

14. 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)

15. 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)

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

— 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

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery)

18. 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)

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

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20. 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"

— Marty Baron (@PostBaron)

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Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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