Overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, tensions were high as protesters clashed with police during the second night of the midnight to 5am curfew.
At one point, police appear to have become frustrated with the media on the scene. One officer, apparently bothered by the bright light from a camera covering the event live on the internet, screamed and allegedly threatened a man operating the camera — reported to be Mustafa Hussein of KARG – Argus Radio .
As the camera pans to the left and focuses on a section of a highway overpass, a loud voice (believed to be a police officer) is heard yelling directions, apparently angry at the use of a light.
As one voice can be heard yelling something to the effect of, “Turn that sh** off!” another voice is heard saying something that sounded like an order to, “Get back!”
There is an unintelligible statement from another voice (possibly, “It’s off”), followed by the angry voice yelling, “Get the f**k out of here! You keep that light off or you’re getting shot with this!”
[Caution: Strong language is heard on the video.]
Following in the incident, a police representative (later on the video identified as Captain Todd) spoke with the camera operator. The man who was threatened was asking for the name of the officer who threatened to shoot him.
Mr. Hussein, audibly upset, told Capt. Todd, “Your officer just pointed a gun directly at my face and told me he was going to shoot me with it. That is a violation of my First Amendment rights!”
Capt. Todd assured the press rep, “I’m gonna address it,” while also reiterating to keep the light off.
The Washington Post reported that Mr. Hussein did receive the captain’s business card and would be following up on his request for the name of the officer who threatened him.
Hussein was not the only media member who experienced a tense encounter with the police in Ferguson.
On Sunday night, before the midnight curfew took effect, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was reporting live via telephone from the streets of Ferguson and was threatened by the police.
On the video posted by Crooks and Liars, you can clearly hear police in the background loudly ordering Hayes, “Get behind us. Do not pass us!”
In a very calm voice, Hayes reports, “We’re getting barked at by the cops not to pass them.”
The next statement by the police is garbled, but Hayes reports that he was told, “Media do not pass us. You’re getting maced next time you pass us”:
TheBlaze has reached out to Mustafa Hussein for additional comments on this incident. We will update this story with any new information we receive.
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