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Ferguson Cop Pulls Gun On Photographer Who Was Asking Directions to the Media Area
By now we all know that the stories of media/police confrontation from Ferguson, MO have two sides. On the one hand, seemingly unnecessary arrests of major photojournalists had even the President of the United States condemning that officers’ actions. On the other, a photojournalist on the ground explained why he was embarrassed by the way the media is acting in the area.
And yet, it’s hard to imagine there being a good reason why, on a relatively peaceful protest day, a police officer answered a journalist’s seemingly innocent question by pulling and pointing a gun at him.
According to the NPPA — whose general counsel, Mickey H. Osterreicher, has filed a formal letter of complaint and request for an investigation with all three police departments who have officers deployed in the area — photojournalist Raffe Lazarian simply asked the police officer, “which way do I need to go in order to get to the media area?”
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bobbycaputo:

Ferguson Cop Pulls Gun On Photographer Who Was Asking Directions to the Media Area

By now we all know that the stories of media/police confrontation from Ferguson, MO have two sides. On the one hand, seemingly unnecessary arrests of major photojournalists had even the President of the United States condemning that officers’ actions. On the other, a photojournalist on the ground explained why he was embarrassed by the way the media is acting in the area.

And yet, it’s hard to imagine there being a good reason why, on a relatively peaceful protest day, a police officer answered a journalist’s seemingly innocent question by pulling and pointing a gun at him.

According to the NPPA — whose general counsel, Mickey H. Osterreicher, has filed a formal letter of complaint and request for an investigation with all three police departments who have officers deployed in the area — photojournalist Raffe Lazarian simply asked the police officer, “which way do I need to go in order to get to the media area?”

(Continue Reading)