Getty photographer arrested while taking pictures in Ferguson
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.