Posted by: kklist | March 31, 2015

Ethics This Week

Hello Ethics,

This piece reports on the suit against St. Louis County police filed by an Intercept reporter and three German journalists, all charged with “failure to disperse” during the protests in Ferguson.

“Ferguson police shot Devereaux and Lukas Hermsmeier, a freelance journalist for several German newspapers, apparently with rubber bullets, handcuffed them with plastic ties for hours, and held them overnight in jail. Devereaux and Hermsmeier say they clearly identified themselves as press when they encountered the police. ‘It may sound naive but I never assumed the possibility of police officers shooting at journalists in a manageable situation like this,’ Hermsmeier [said].”

Thank you for your patience today with my voice, and I’ll see you at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Hub for a discussion of the Hamp Gazette’s rape trail coverage with reporter Rebecca Everett and editor Laurie Loisel. Please ask lots of good questions!

best,

k

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