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Reporters In Viral Ferguson Arrest Vid Charged A Year Later

Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly were both arrested while covering the Ferguson protests. Charges came almost a year later.
Posted at 10:10 PM, Aug 10, 2015

Two reporters arrested while covering the protests in Ferguson have been charged with trespassing and interfering with a police officer after about a year.

Monday, Wesley Lowery said he'd received a summons saying he failed to comply with "repeated commands to immediately exit" a Ferguson McDonald's. Just hours later, Ryan Reilly confirmed he'd also been charged. 

You may remember Lowery, Reilly and other reporters were working from that McDonald's when officers told them to evacuate; the reporters then began recording the officers and Lowery and Reilly were arrested. (Video via CNN)

"L  et's go," an officer told Lowery in a video he recorded.

"I'm working on it," he answered. 

"Stop videotaping and let's grab our stuff and go." (Video via The Washington Post)

Lowery has been pretty outspoken about his time covering the protests in Ferguson; from a TED talk to writing a book about his experiences. (Video via TED

Since reports of the charges broke Monday, news organizations and journalists have come out in support of the two reporters. 

One of them, Trey Yingst, a reporter from News2Share, recently won an $8,500 settlement against St. Louis County for his arrest covering protests in November. He tweeted Monday that there should never have been an arrest in the first place. (Video via CTV

Interestingly, the same county had just days left to bring Lowery and Reilly up on charges. The statute of limitations would've ended Thursday. (Video via NABJ)

If convicted, the reporters could each be fined $1,000 and spend up to a year in county jail. 

This video includes images from Getty Images.