St. Louis-based videographer Mary Moore said she wants her reputation, and her criminal record, cleared. Moore was among 13 people taken into custody during a demonstration outside Ferguson police headquarters in early October, and was charged with municipal violations.
ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos today interviewed Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, releasing a photo of the interview this afternoon via Twitter. The anchor tweeted: “Just finished a more than hourlong interview with Officer Darren Wilson. No question off limits.” Edited excerpts will air on World News Tonight and Good Morning America. The full interview will post on ABCNews.com tomorrow.
Like an impending storm, the wait for the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case took over St. Louis TV screens beginning Monday afternoon. Closings of schools, community centers and dance studios scrolled in advance of the expected 8 p.m. announcement. For hours, not much was happening, and media had to cover other media.
The White House said Monday a no-fly zone the U.S. government imposed over Ferguson, Mo., for nearly two weeks in August should not have restricted helicopters for news organizations that wanted to operate in the area to cover violent protests there.
On Aug. 12, amid demonstrations following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Federal Aviation Administration managers struggled to redefine an earlier flight ban so police helicopters and commercial flights at nearby Lambert-St. Louis International Airport could fly through the area — but not others.
The line between news reporting and opinion is blurring in Ferguson, Mo., as some national journalists inject their perspective and even themselves into the story. The conduct of a few prominent members of the press on the ground at the site of the police shooting of Michael Brown has drawn the attention of media observers and prompted the wrath of conservatives who see an anti-law enforcement bias in the Fourth Estate.
The logistics of covering the story of the riots in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown are difficult for St. Louis stations working 12-hour shifts and using mobile bonded cellular gear for live feeds. In addition, they are factoring in the emotionally charged nature of the story into every decision.
News crews from KSDK St. Louis and Al-Jazeera America were attacked with a bean-bag round and tear gas on Wednesday evening while reporting on a school closing in the wake of this weekend’s police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.