Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Four Journalists Sue Police over Arrests in Ferguson Protests; They Say Their Rights Were Violated

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Four Journalists Sue Police over Arrests in Ferguson Protests; They Say Their Rights Were Violated

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ST. LOUIS * Four journalists sued St. Louis County police in federal court here Monday, alleging that they were falsely arrested in the Ferguson protests.

The suit says the journalists were arrested and held without probable cause, that the arrests violated the First and Fourth Amendments, and that they constituted false imprisonment and battery.

The suit was filed on behalf of Ryan Devereaux, with the Intercept/First Look Media; Lukas Hermsmeier, a freelance journalist; Ansgar Graw, the senior political U.S. correspondent for Die Welt and Welt am Sonntag; and Frank Herrmann, the U.S. correspondent for a group of German regional newspapers.

The suit says that Devereaux and Hermsmeier were on their way by car to a designated media area on the night of Aug. 18 when they spotted protesters on West Florissant Avenue, north of Canfield Drive, and got out to to investigate and conduct interviews. This was after police ordered everyone to disperse and announced that it was their "final warning."

The protesters left after police fired tear gas in their direction, but the journalists were unable to return to their car because of police activity on West Florissant. When approached by a police armored vehicle, the pair put their hands up, held up their press identification and announced that they were journalists, the suit says. …

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