Police turned on journalists in Ferguson once again on Sunday night, briefly detaining three reporters and threatening to shoot and mace others.
Relations between the police and the people covering the turmoil that has erupted following the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by policeman Darren Wilson have been severely strained all week.
"Get the fuck out of here! You get that light off or you're getting shot with this!" the police appeared to shout. (Others said the officer told Hussein he would be "shelled.") The threat was captured on a livestream and was tweeted widely.
— Argus Radio (@ArgusRadio) August 18, 2014
— Parker Higgins (@xor) August 18, 2014
Cop to press on the corner of Chambers and Florissant "Get out of here or I will shoot you"
— Alex Wroblewski (@alexwroblewski) August 18, 2014
Other reporters were threatened with mace.
Police getting mad when media goes up past their line. Tells us we'll get maced next time we do that. #Ferguson
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) August 18, 2014
If you walk about 100 feet from OK'ed press area you find yourself lit up by a spotlight and a squad of police on hair trigger.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 18, 2014
At least three journalists were briefly arrested.
I have been arrested and am being walked away from the area
— Rob Crilly (@robcrilly) August 18, 2014