Getty photographer arrested while taking pictures in Ferguson

  • A demonstrator protects himself from tear gas during a protest over the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death.
  • Police attempt to control demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police shot smoke and tear gas to disperse the protestors with as they became unruly. 
  • Demonstrators raise their arms during a protest against the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death.
  • Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. 
  • A demonstrator protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer throws a tear gas grenade back toward police after the protest was attacked by police Aug. 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Despite the Brown family’s continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death. 
  • A woman gets help as she tries to recover from a tear gas attack by police who attacked demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Tear gas reigns down on a woman kneeling in the street with her hands in the air after a demonstration over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • A young child looks out from a car as demonstrators drive down West Florissant Avenue protesting the shooting and death of Michael Brown on Aug. 15, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9. Protestors raise their hands and chant “Hands up, don’t shoot” as a rally cry to draw attention to reports that stated Brown’s hands were raised when he was shot.
  • A police officer confronts a demonstrators during a protest over the shooting death of Michael Williams on Aug. 15, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Demonstrators gather along West Florissant Avenue to protest the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 15, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, August 12, 2014. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
  • Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 12, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 12, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • A capacity crowd gathers at Greater St. Marks Family Church along with the family of Michael Brown and Rev. Al Sharpton to discuss the killing of Michael Brown and the civil unrest resulting from his death on Aug. 12, 2014 in St Louis, Mo.
  • Police force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police lock down a neighborhood, refusing to let people leave on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • With their hands raised, residents gather at a police line as the neighborhood is locked down following skirmishes on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Protesters are forced by police from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • A child uses a rag to shield his face from tear gas being fired by police who used it to force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.

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FERGUSON, Missouri – Getty photographer Scott Olson was among the three dozen individuals arrested Monday night in Ferguson, Mo., for mingling with the public rather than remaining in the spot designated by police for members of the media.

“I strongly believe in the First Amendment and the freedom of the press, and chose to question the officer ordering me into the pen,” Olson wrote in a public statement Tuesday. The staff photographer said he was released after a few hours, and then continued to walk among the public instead of being confined to “a pen.”

Police cracked down on remaining protesters just before midnight. Once again, they fired tear gas at demonstrators, arresting 31 people, and shooting at least two men as Monday drew to a close. Among authorities’ continuous shift in tactics, Gov. Jay Nixon lifted a previous two-day curfew and ordered the Missouri National Guard to oversee the police command center.

The family of Michael Brown continues to demand justice in the killing of their son more than a week ago by police officer Darren Wilson.

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