Journalists arrested in Ferguson, USA sue police

This video from the USA says about itself:

Ferguson Cop Who Arrested Journalists Allegedly Hogtied Child

26 August 2014

A Ferguson cop who arrested journalists inside a McDonald’s during protests has allegedly also once hogtied a 12 year old child in the kid’s own driveway while he was getting the mail.

By JIM SUHR, Associated Press in the USA:

4 journalists arrested during Ferguson protests sue police

3:30 PM, Mar 30, 2015

ST. LOUIS — Four journalists arrested during last summer’s protests over the Ferguson shooting death of Michael Brown are suing St. Louis County’s police department for civil rights violations and unlawful detention.

The lawsuit filed Monday in St. Louis also names 20 unidentified St. Louis County officers.

Plaintiffs include two journalists who were covering last August’s protests for German publications, as well as a freelance reporter and a journalist for an online investigative publication. The suit describes them as U.S. citizens.

The lawsuit alleges that the journalists’ arrests for failing to disperse when ordered by police was unjustified and was an infringement of constitutionally protected freedom of the press.

A St. Louis County police spokesmen referred questions Monday to the county counselor, who did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Four journalists arrested while covering racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, last year filed a lawsuit Monday claiming they were battered and falsely arrested by police trying to hinder their ability to cover the protests. The journalists claim in their lawsuit that police officers used excessive force and intimidation tactics, including shooting at them with rubber bullets, to try to stop the journalists from recording police activity: here.

An Intercept reporter is suing the St. Louis County Police Department after he was shot with rubber bullets and arrested while reporting on protests in the suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown last August. The Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux is joined in the civil rights suit, filed today in federal court in the Eastern District of Missouri, by three German journalists who were also arrested. They allege that the police department, St. Louis County, and 20 unidentified officers violated their First Amendment rights of freedom of press and freedom of speech, used excessive force against them, and arrested them without probable cause. (The complaint is embedded below.): here.

Twenty-year-old Jeffrey Williams, the suspect in the shooting of two Ferguson, Missouri police officers during a protest in early March, was beaten into making a confession shortly after his arrest, according to his lawyer. Williams faces two counts of first-degree assault, one count of firing a weapon from a vehicle, and three counts of armed criminal activity. These charges carry a possible sentence of life in prison. Attorney Jerryl Christmas maintains that Williams told him he was choked, beaten across the back, and pistol-whipped on the top of the head by two officers. Christmas told reporters he found extensive bruising on Williams’ back, neck, face and shoulders during a two hour meeting in prison on March 16, the day after Williams’ arrest: here.

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