A television news crew covering developments in Ferguson, Mo., following the shooting death of local teenager Michael Brown said it was fired on by police. TVNewser reports that the crew from Al Jazeera America said it took fire while it was setting up for a live shot Wednesday night.
The network said police tear gas canisters landed near them, while police also fired rubber bullets in their direction, which allegedly continued even after the crew shouted, “Press.”
The crew was getting live shots to cover the violence in the area in the wake of the police shooting of Brown, 18.
“Al Jazeera America is stunned by this egregious assault on freedom of the press that was clearly intended to have a chilling effect on our ability to cover this important story,” AJAM spokesperson Jocelyn Austin said. “Thankfully all three crew members are physically fine.”
Two other reporters — Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and The Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly — were arrested Wednesday, the story adds.