FERGUSON, Mo. - Two reporters covering the shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb say they were arrested at a McDonald's Wednesday evening in the commercial corridor where angry protests have occurred.
Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post say they were working in the fast-food restaurant when SWAT officers came in to quickly clear the area. Both quickly tweeted about their arrests, detention and subsequent release without any charges.
Apparently, in America, in 2014, police can manhandle you, take you into custody, put you in cell & then open the door like it didn't happen— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 14, 2014
Lowery said he was given no explanation on why he was detained, other than "tresspassing" at the McDonalds where he and Reilly were customers.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson did not immediately return a cellphone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Authorities used tear gas Wednesday night to try to disperse protesters after flaming projectiles were thrown from the crowd.
Police also used smoke bombs Wednesday night, after directing people to go home. Helicopters circled overhead and smoke hung in the air.
St. Louis County police spokesman Brian Schellman said he had no immediate information about the situation.
Ferguson has been the site of protests and a night of looting since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed during a confrontation with an officer on Saturday.
Police had asked earlier that all people who assemble do so in "an organized and respectful" manner and disperse before evening.
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