A photographer for Getty Images was arrested Monday during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, several eyewitnesses reported.
HuffPost’s Ryan J. Reilly captured a photo of photojournalist Scott Olson’s arrest, which took place across the street from the press area
Getty later confirmed Olson’s arrest to NBC News.
In an Instagram video posted by journalist Amy K. Nelson, Olson said he was arrested because police “said the media is required to be in a certain area.”
It’s not Olson’s first brush with the law while on the job. In 2012, Olson was one of several journalists injured while covering protests at a Chicago NATO summit. Olson was bloodied after being hit on the head with a police baton.
In a Saturday interview with NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Olson detailed his experiences covering the protests over the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed African American teenager killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. In the interview, Olson, a former Marine, said he was shocked by how heavily armed Ferguson’s police squads were.
“Most of these protesters are peaceful,” he said. “If you have several people there trying to disrupt the protest, you’re not going to shoot at them with a rifle. Not in a crowd like that.”
CNN’s Don Lemon, also reporting from Ferguson, was pushed by police while he was filming a live shot Monday evening.
Dear Media: It’s not about you.
Seriously. IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU.
I’m not just talking about Ferguson, I’m talking about every story you cover. You are supposed to REPORT the news, not BE the news.
Yesterday I made the mistake of doing something I never do – I watched television news. I spent about an hour flipping between Fox, CNN and MSNBC as they covered what was mostly a big nothingburger. During that hour I could actually feel my IQ dropping.
If you go to the scene of a fire you are supposed to stay out of the way of the firefighters, and far enough away from the fire itself that you don’t get burned. If you go to a war zone you run the risk of getting your ass blown up.
What makes you think riots are any different? What makes you think you are special snowflakes with privileges that mere mortals don’t enjoy? If you are standing in the middle of an unruly crowd that refuses to disperse, don’t be a whiny pussy when you are engulfed by a cloud of tear gas. If you get in the cops’ way or disobey their orders, don’t get all butthurt when they put the flexcuffs on you and stuff you in a cell with some of the rioters.
Last but not least, when you are on live television, don’t tell us what’s happening, STFU and SHOW US what’s happening. You are on TELEVISION you fucksticks, not radio.