Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery was arrested and subsequently released by Ferguson police. Lowery called into Rachel Maddow‘s show to describe how he was placed in restraints and even assaulted by the cops right after he was just doing his job.
Lowery, who was arrested alongside Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly, said that journalists were using the McDonald’s for the past few days as a “media center.” And then earlier tonight police decided to just shut it down. Lowery started to recording what was going on around him.
And as he was packing up and heading out, they decided to arrest and restrain him. He had tweeted he was slammed against the soda machine, but Lowery told Maddow he wasn’t hurt nearly as much as Ferguson citizens have been hurt in the past few days.
And in case there was any question of them not knowing he was a journalist, Lowery says his credentials were on his neck. Maddow observed that based on what he’s describing, the police gave him “no way to avoid being arrested.”
Watch just the interview with Wesley Lowery below, via MSNBC:
Watch the full segment below, via MSNBC:
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