Viral Video of the Day: TV News Crew Tear-Gassed in Ferguson

Police dismantle Al Jazeera America cameras, point them down

KSDK-TV captured video of Ferguson, MO police firing tear gas at a small camera crew from Al Jazeera America. The crew was there Wednesday, as other news outlets have been, to capture footage of the fifth night of unrest in Ferguson following the shooting death of an unarmed man—Michael Brown—at the hands of police.

After the Al Jazeera crew ran from the gas, police broken down their light setup and pointed their cameras at the ground.

KSDK’s crew also surreptitiously caught video of Ferguson police telling them to leave the area. ‘We don’t want you here,’ an unseen officer says on camera, then adding, ‘We don’t want to see you guys get hurt.’

This video is one of many reports of police aggression towards news media on Wednesday, including the arrests of Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly, both of whom have since been released.