Police Arrest Reporter Covering Ferguson Protest For Walking On Sidewalk

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With a grand jury decision on Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson imminent, media has descended upon Ferguson, Missouri, to chronicle the aftermath. It is widely expected that large-scale protests will take place in and around Ferguson once the announcement is made, especially since nearly everyone in the area feels that Wilson will not be charged with any crime. The region is on edge as each day brings the possibility of a public declaration that could impact parts of the St. Louis metro area. Anxiety was increased this past Monday when Missouri Governor Jay Nixon preemptively declared a state of emergency ahead of the grand jury decision.

Journalists from around the world figured that an announcement would be made no later than this weekend. Therefore, dozens, if not hundreds, of reporters flocked to the St. Louis area. However, it appears that rumors that the decision would be announced over the weekend turned out to be a false alarm as it was learned that the grand jury would reconvene on Monday and continue deliberating. Thus, with that in mind, there were a number of journalists with not much to do other than make their way to the nightly protests in Ferguson that have continuously transpired since Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown on August 9th.

Saturday night featured an organized march that started at the scene of Brown’s death and made its way to West Florissant Ave., which is where the majority of the protests in August occurred. Less than 100 protesters, led by the Lost Voices and Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, briefly shut down traffic on W. Florissant before heading back to Brown’s memorial on Canfield Drive. After the march, many of the protesters headed to the Ferguson police department, which has been the main focal point of demonstrations over the past couple of months.

Dozens of police were there to ‘greet’ roughly 60 protesters. The number of media members on the scene likely exceeded the actual protesters. This was noted by Deray McKesson, a protest organizer and activist.


Sometime after 11 PM local time, Trey Yingst, a reporter for the website News2Share, was arrested by police for ‘failure to disperse.’ After Yingst’s arrest, the commander at the scene held a small press conference and explained that Yingst was still in the street after police told people they needed to move back to the sidewalk. St. Louis County police even sent out a tweet providing an explanation.

This was disputed immediately by other reporters and protesters on the scene, who said that Yingst was actually on the sidewalk when police decided to arrest him.

There was another arrest Saturday night of a protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask who did not provide his name at the time. It appears he was also arrested for failure to disperse for refusing to stay out of the street. Police provided warning throughout the night that if traffic was impeded they would verbally warn offenders before commencing with arrests. Yingst was released from county jail a few hours after being arrested. He sent the following tweet after his arrest.

It seems obvious that police overreacted and arrested Yingst for no real cause. It seems his questioning of the officers led to him being snatched and grabbed. Perhaps it was an unsubtle message from police to the media, especially independent journalists such as Yingst, that they will be treated as agitators.


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17 Replies to “Police Arrest Reporter Covering Ferguson Protest For Walking On Sidewalk”

  1. …Better than getting shot for walking on the street….
    oh and by the way:
    nah-nuh-nuh-nuh nah-nuh-nuh-nuh WHITE-Gurlz. nah-nuh-nuh-nuh nah-nuh-nuh-nuh Grape Soda.

  2. Police over there don’t GAF, feel they are above the law and for all these years it seems that they were- it need to be cleaned out from top to bottom

    All this so one man doesn’t have to go to trial-SMH

  3. Gee, given how reasonable and evenhandedly Ferguson police have handle the aftermath, I find it hard to believe one of their own would gun down an unarmed American citizen in the street.

  4. How dare a reporter walk on the sidewalk, with the intent of informing the World about what is happening in Ferguson?

    We, conservative Americans, just want reasons to hate….not petty and ridiculous things like…..facts and information.

  5. Following Anonymous on Twitter, they are outing all kinds of KKK members in Ferguson and elsewhere. #OPKKK # HOODS OFF or @ILLUMINATIANONS.

  6. I’ve seen alot of BULL$HIT in my 53 yrs, I remember the looting and rioting in Detroit, I remember when Bobby Kennedy got assassined in L.A., I remember LBJ having to send the national guard to Alabama to allow black college students to attend classes, I remember the black panthers using CB’s in L.A to monitor the police department brutality of A.A. citizens, I remember the KKK marching in Skokie Illinios!, it’s now 2014 going on ”15” and it looks like things haven’t changed ONE DAMN! bit!!! thanks GOP!!, THANKS conservative media! THANKS rupert murdoch!! because without those 3 elements, ferguson wouldn’t STILL be living in the 1950’s!!

  7. BTW, the KKK is threatening to shoot A.A. if the ANY conflict!! and ”WE” all know with the blessing of the ferguson police department!! maybe I’m crazy!! who GIVES ANY FU#K what the KKK says??!! like these bed wetting BASTARDS threatening changes ANYTHING!! grown A$S, pasty face BASTARDS wearing sheets should scare A.A.??!! guess what KKK! you aren’t the only ones with automatic weapons!! this isn’t Jackson mississippi BOY!! the NRA is pretty much a equal opportunity seller.

  8. It isn’t as if any rational person still believes the USA is a free country. 

    Think about it.  No-warrant wire taps, indefinite detention of citizens without charges, approval of rendition of prisoners and torture, stop and frisk without probable cause, search and seizure without a warrant, no-knock entry, confiscation and destruction of cameras that might have been used to film police acting illegally, police brutality, police shootings that go without  investigation, managed news, and the civil-rights destroying “Patriot” Act.

    Acts of police behaving illegally, with shootings, Tasers, and unwarranted violence now appear almost daily.  Rarely are these offenses punished.  Most often “an investigation” is claimed, but soon forgotten.


In addition, the USA, with 5% of the world population, has 25% of all of the prisoners in the world.  That means the USA has the most people in prison of any nation in history.  Even by percentage of residents incarcerated, not…

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