The continued clashes between police and the public in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday spilled into a McDonald's — leaving two journalists arrested and manager Keith Eyer shaken.
"It's just a terrible thing what happened," said Eyer, who has worked for the company for 34 years. "It's a bad thing. It's just not good."
Eyer was there when armed officers strode into the fast food joint and ordered out patrons, including Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly and The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery. The pair was in the area to report on the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the protests that followed, where ramped up tensions have escalated into brick throwing, tear gas, molotov cocktails and rubber bullets.
Meanwhile, reporters have been using the McDonald's as a hub because it has WiFi and electric outlets for charging phones and laptops. But McDonald's customers were hustled out Wednesday evening in a noisy show of force — and in the confusion, Reilly and Lowery were aggressively cuffed and taken to a Ferguson Police Department holding cell.
The scuffle was unlike anything McDonald's employees like Eyer had seen before.
"It's a rough time," he told Huffington Post, his voice shaky. "But I really think the city will get through it and make it stronger."
Below, more updates on the situation in Ferguson:
08/26/2014 7:49 AM EDT
The Toll On Michael Brown's Family
USA Today's Yamiche Alcindor provides an intimate look at how Michael Brown's parents have been dealing with the loss of their son:
Phones constantly ring with reporters asking for interviews or family members offering support. Last week, as demands reached a tipping point, both parents moved into hotels to shield themselves.
In the days leading up to the funeral, Brown's mother continued to cry and spoke in whispers as she tried to explain her feelings.
"They say tomorrow is going to be the hardest day, but I think today was — just seeing my baby laying there, cold," Lesley McSpadden, 34, told USA TODAY. "It did something to my heart. It's too much. It's too much."
08/26/2014 7:44 AM EDT
New Audio Allegedly Captures Moment Michael Brown Was Shot
New audio has surfaced that allegedly captures the moment when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9.
CNN aired the unverified recording on Monday night. Six shots can be heard, followed by a pause, then several more. A private autopsy performed on Aug. 17 at the request of Brown's family found that the 18-year-old was shot 6 times, including twice in the head.
08/25/2014 12:58 PM EDT
Al Sharpton: America, It's Time To Deal With Policing
08/25/2014 12:53 PM EDT
Al Sharpton: All Of Us Are Required To Respond
Rev. Al Sharpton: All of us are required to respond to this #MikeBrownfuneral— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) August 25, 2014
08/25/2014 12:48 PM EDT
Benjamin Crump: We Will Not Accept Three-Fifths Justice For Michael Brown
08/25/2014 12:28 PM EDT
Funeral Program Includes Tribute From Michael Brown's Parents
USA Today reporter, Yamiche Alcindor shares photo of program which includes tributes to Michael Brown from his mother and father
08/25/2014 12:22 PM EDT
Michael Brown's Stepmother: He Prophesied His Own Death
Stepmother of #MichaelBrown said the late teen "pretty much prophesied his own death and didn't realize it."— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 25, 2014