Alexia Campbell and Reena Flores wrote Thursday about trying to cover Ferguson for National Journal with “How Police Are Keeping Journalists From Doing Their Jobs in Ferguson.” On Wednesday night, Flores and Campbell tried to get to protests but were threatened with arrest by police.
I had never witnessed police treat journalist like this in the four years I worked as a crime reporter in South Florida. Some officers have tried to keep me away from crime scenes, but never stopped me from covering a story altogether.
It was also the first time I had ever felt afraid of a police officer. Flores and I felt far more afraid of them than we did of any protesters.