FERGUSON, Mo. (AP/WJLA) - 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.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson did not immediately return a cellphone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Earlier Wednesday, authorities urged people to confine their protests to daylight after three nights of tense confrontations, looting, tear gas and a second shooting nearby.
Lowery and Reilly's tweets detail their chaotic experience:
SWAT just invade McDonald's where I'm working/recharging. Asked for ID when I took photo. pic.twitter.com/FOIsMnBwHyRyan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 13, 2014
Was arrestedWesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 14, 2014
Officers decided we weren't leaving McDonalds quickly enough, shouldn't have been taping them.Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 14, 2014
Officers slammed me into a fountain soda machine because I was confused about which door they were asking me to walk out ofWesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 14, 2014
Detained, booked, given answers to no questions. Then just let outWesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 14, 2014
Got no explaination at any point why in custody other than "trespassing" - at a mcdonalds where we were customersWesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 14, 2014
"The chief thought he was doing you a favor" - police officer tells me about release. With no charges, no police reportWesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 14, 2014
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 happenWesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 14, 2014
Well, @WesleyLowery and I have been released. That was an experience.Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 14, 2014
Unfortunately my last Vine featuring the officer who assaulted me was deleted when other my phone died.Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 14, 2014