Getty photographer Scott Olson was arrested during a Ferguson protest, the Huffington Post reported Monday. A HuffPo reporter captured a photo of the photojournalist’s arrest and posted it to Twitter. Journalist Amy. K. Nelson posted a video of the incident to Instagram in which Olson said he was arrested because "the media is required to be in a certain area."
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Olson, a former Marine, could not believe how heavily armed Ferguson police squads were, he said during a Saturday interview with NPR’s “All Things Considered.” "Most of these protesters are peaceful," he said. "If you have several people there trying to disrupt the protest, you're not going to shoot at them with a rifle. Not in a crowd like that."
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There has been unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, since unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Thousands have taken to the streets to protest the alleged police brutality with signs and their arms raised in the air. The protests have intensified with police shooting rubber bullets and unleashing tear gas on the crowds. A woman was reportedly shot Sunday night during the rally and seven people were arrested.
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