Police in Ferguson, MO once again turned their weapons on journalists on Sunday night, detaining three reporters and threatening to shoot and mace others.
KARG Argus Radio has been livestreaming the protests in support of Michael Brown, who was murdered by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, for several days. KARG mostly uses student volunteers to record the atrocious treatment of the Ferguson community as it expresses its outrage in this latest example of brutal police violence.
On Sunday night, police fired tear gas into the crowd well before the midnight curfew imposed on the community as punishment for speaking out against the actions of police. Mustafa Hussein, who was recording for Argus at the time, was threatened by a heavily-armed police officer.
“Get the fuck out of here! You get that light off or you’re getting shot with this!,” the officer shouted at Mustafa.
Mustafa was undeterred by the threat, and continued recording. In the video, he can be heard reporting the threat to another officer, “Captain Todd,” who refused to name the cop who made the threat.
Other journalists confirmed that police were threatening them for exercising their First Amendment rights.
Others reported that they were arrested during their attempts to document police actions.
All the while, a gathering of white people (and one black guy) supporting officer Darren Wilson was met with no opposition and little observation as they conducted a fundraising effort to garner blood money for the shooter.