Outrage After Assault And Arrest Of Reporters In Ferguson

The assault and arrest of two reporters by police in Ferguson, MO was met with widespread condemnation on Wednesday.

The Huffington Post's Ryan Reilly and the Washington Post's Wesley Lowery were in the St. Louis suburb to cover the turmoil that has broken out following the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, by a police officer. The two men were working in a McDonald's when police invaded the restaurant, physically assaulted them and arrested them without giving a reason for their detention. Reilly and Lowery were soon released on the orders of the Ferguson chief of police.

Journalists and observers reacted with shock and anger to the incident.

Washington Post editor Martin Baron said the paper was "relieved that Wesley is going to be OK" and "appalled by the conduct of police officers involved." He continued, "That behavior was wholly unwarranted and an assault on the freedom of the press to cover the news."

HuffPost's Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim told Talking Points Memo, "This is what happens when local police are allowed to become para-military units."

The outrage rocketed around social media: