Al Jazeera reporters attempting to report on the protests were attacked with tear gas by police.
Another tale of police harassment of the press in Ferguson, Missouri: "Two National Journal reporters were threatened with arrest and repeatedly blocked from witnessing demonstrations in Ferguson late Wednesday night."
"What would happen if we walked down the street?" [National Journal video journalist Reena] Flores asked.
"You're not going to walk down the street. If you insist on going down here, and you want to disobey the orders of the police that have been given to you, thoroughly and fairly, you'll most likely be placed under arrest."
"On what charges?" I ask.
"Disobeying the directions of a police officer," he answers.
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FBI Director James Comey told reporters that “viral video effect” (which is his latest term for what used to be called the “Ferguson effect”) is responsible for increased violent crime in some US cities, in that police are scared to do their jobs because they might end up on Youtube in an unflattering video.
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