Michael Brown shooting: Getty photographer among arrested journalists
Scott Olson had apparently "not moved out of the way fast enough" - see his incredible Ferguson images below
A Getty photographer has become one of the latest journalists to be arrested during the protester-police standoff in Ferguson, Missouri.
Scott Olson was led into a police vehicle yesterday afternoon with his cameras still strapped around his neck and was flanked by two officers, yet still smiling.
Director of Photography at Getty Images, Pancho Bernasconi, confirmed the arrest in a statement and said that the picture agency was “firmly behind” its colleague and that they “strongly object to his arrest”.
Mr Bernasconi added in a later statement: “Scott told me tonight, ‘I want to be able to do my job as a member of the media and not be arrested for just doing my job.’
See Mr Olson's Ferguson pictures below:
“Getty Images condemns Scott’s arrest and is committed to ensuring that he and our other photographer colleagues are able to report this important story.”
According to KSDK.com, a video shared on social media showed Mr Olson’s arrest in which he said: “I'm being arrested because they said the media is required to be in a certain area.”
Images of Getty photographer Scott Olson being arrested in Ferguson, taken by fellow Getty photographer Joe Raedle pic.twitter.com/NEul6TnsKG; Matt Novak (@paleofuture) August 18, 2014
Another journalist also tweeted that Mr Olson had been arrested for “not getting out of the way fast enough when ordered”.
Mr Olson captured a number of iconic and disturbing images from the unrest in Ferguson, including a heavy militarised presence, protesters with their hands above their heads, and a woman being doused in water after suffering the effects of tear gas.
Video: Police fire tear gas at Ferguson protesters
His arrest follows that of a journalist from Sports Illustrated, Robert Klemko, who managed to plead his way out of detention, as well as Telegraph correspondent Rob Crilly.
A VICE journalist has also posted a video to YouTube in which a police officer appears to rip off his press badge.
Capt Johnson said walk away or be arrested. I started walking away. They followed and arrested us.; Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) August 18, 2014
I have been arrested and am being walked away from the area; Rob Crilly (@robcrilly) August 18, 2014
When you search "journalist detained" on twitter...you get stories from iran, egypt, gaza/israel, liberia, china and #ferguson.; Kevin Frayer (@kevinfrayer) August 19, 2014
Getty Images snapper arrested for not getting out the way fast enough when ordered #ferguson; Rob Crilly (@robcrilly) August 18, 2014
An image of photographer Mr Olson by the Chicago Sun-Times appears to show him back on the ground late last night, hours after his arrest.
The Ferguson trouble began earlier this month when unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer on 9 August.
Residents of Ferguson, who are predominately black, began protesting the lack of transparency in the case and the heavy police presence at demonstrations.
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