Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly spoke to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes over the phone tonight minutes after he and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery were released after being arrested by police in Ferguson, Missouri. Reilly told Hayes that he was not informed as to why he was being arrested.
Reilly explained that he was sitting in McDonald’s when the SWAT team decided to just shut it down and told everyone to leave. And apparently he wasn’t leaving quickly enough, because one officer “decided that he was going to help me pack and grabbed my things.” Reilly was subsequently arrested and the officer “used his finger to put a pressure point on my neck.”
Reilly did not discover 1) what he was under arrest for, and 2) the identity of the officer who arrested him, despite repeated requests. And Reilly said this officer even “slammed my head against the glass purposefully… and then sarcastically apologized for it.”
Watch Reilly’s full appearance below, via MSNBC:
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