Why Was Scott Olson Arrested In Ferguson? Photographer Taken Away In Handcuffs During Protest [PHOTOS]

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    A protester carries a sign as he participates in a protest against the police in Ferguson, Missouri, in the Manhattan borough of New York August 18, 2014. A few dozen protesters gathered at New York City Police headquarters to show their support for Michael Brown, who was killed by police in Ferguson on Aug. 9, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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    Protesters in Ferguson, Mo., chant "Hands up, Don't shoot!" in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting. Reuters/Lucas Jackson
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    A protester kicks a tear gas canister back towards police after protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent near Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014. Reuters
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    Protesters react to the effects of tear gas which was fired at demonstrators reacting to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, August 17, 2014. Reuters
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    A protester kicks a tear gas canister back towards police after protests in reaction to the shooting of Mike Brown turned violent near Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014. Reuters
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    Police officers react at the scene of a looting at the Dellwood Market after protests against the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent near Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 17, 2014. Reuters/Lucas Jackson
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    Smoke trails tear gas canisters fired into the air after protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent near Ferguson, Missouri Aug. 17, 2014. Reuters/Lucas Jackson
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    A protester kicks a tear gas canister back towards police after protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent near Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 17, 2014. Reuters/Lucas Jackson
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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."

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."

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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