NJ’s Alexia Campbell and Reena Flores Document Police Interference in Ferguson

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By Nick Massella Comment

National Journal’s Alexia Campbell and Reena Flores document their efforts to report from Ferguson, Mo. Wednesday, strained by police interference, the same night WaPo’s Wesley Lowery and HuffPost’s Ryan Reilly were arrested in the Missouri town amid protests after Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teen, was shot and killed by police on Saturday.

In “How Police Are Keeping Journalists From Doing Their Jobs in Ferguson,” Campbell and Flores detail multiple offers by police to move them to “safety,” attempts to block access to demonstrations, and threats of arrest.

“It was also the first time I had ever felt afraid of a police officer,” Campbell wrote in the piece. “Flores and I felt far more afraid of them than we did of any protesters.”

After a final warning of arrest should they choose not the leave the area, the article concludes, “We didn’t go to jail, we didn’t get arrested, but we also didn’t get the story.”

For the full piece, click here.

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