Ferguson Police Chief: ‘The Media Is Not a Target’

Ferguson police chief Jon Belmar took questions from the press today on the most recent events in the Missouri town. Belmar faced questions about the media’s treatment by police––between the arrest of two journalists and officers throwing tear gas in the direction of a news crew––and insisted that “the media is not being targeted” by local authorities.

An Al Jazeera America reporter spoke up and asked about her team being hit with tear gas last night, an act the news organization strongly condemned this morning. Belmar admitted he doesn’t know why it happened, and insisted, “The media is not a target.”

Belmar took a number of questions on the shooting of Michael Brown, the officer involved, and the arrest of Ryan Reilly and Wesley Lowery last night. When he was asked why they were arrested, Belmar said, “I don’t know.”

He continued, “If anybody was arrested, from what I understand, it was because they were in an area that was being cleared by the police.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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