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4 Journalists Arrested During Ferguson Protests Sue Police

March 31, 2015  | 

Four journalists arrested during last summer's Ferguson protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown filed a federal lawsuit Monday against St. Louis County police and 20 of its officers, accusing them of violating the reporters' civil rights and unjustifiably detaining them, reports the Associated Press.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in St. Louis, alleges the arrests for the journalists' failure to disperse as demanded by police on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 were "undertaken with the intention of obstructing, chilling, deterring, and retaliating against (the) plaintiffs for engaging in constitutionally protected speech, newsgathering and recording of police activities."

The plaintiffs include Ryan Devereaux of The Intercept online investigative publication, as well as Ansgar Graw — a correspondent with the conservative German daily Die Welt — and reporter Frank Herrmann, who writes for German regional papers. The other plaintiff is freelance journalist Lukas Hermsmeier.

The lawsuit, which identifies the journalists as U.S. citizens and says they spent hours in custody, seeks unspecified damages and a court order barring county police from future alleged infringements of media access "to policing activities."

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kevCopAz @ 3/31/2015 6:06 PM

Funny, I would lay odds that these "journalists" didn't okay the law and were a hindrance to the Police and public safety, otherwise why weren't the other countless number of journalists there arrested, detained etc? My guess is they were full of themselves and ignored lawful orders because "I'm with the press". Well press this!

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/1/2015 3:37 PM

It would seem as though they think that if you have a camera and an ID that says press on it that means it is a passport to do what you want regardless of the consequences.

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