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MO bad: Getty Images, 'the right to report' and arrest of Scott Olson

Getty Images staff photographer Scott Olson is being arrested by police as he covers the demonstration following the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters have been vocal askin
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Missouri law enforcement arrested a photojournalist from Getty Images, Scott Olson, on Monday, possibly because he declined a request to move away.

Information on the website for GettyImages states that the staff photographer, Olson, was covering demonstrations and protests "... following the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th."

Journalists weren't moving quickly enough. Two journalists covering the Ferguson protests were arrested last week as well. Ryan J Reilly of the Huffington Post and Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post were detained, according to the WashingtonPost, which stated of that event:

"The two reporters were in a local McDonald's when police arrived to clear the place out. Apparently frustrated that the journalists weren't moving quickly enough, the officers slammed Lowery into a soda fountain machine, cuffed him and put him in the back of a van. "

With Olson's arrest, he is now the third according to information posted at theGuardian. Police have been "... preventing crowds from gathering on the streets in Ferguson on Monday," the article stated and quoted Pancho Bernasconi, vice-president for news at Getty Images:

“Getty Images staff photographer Scott Olson was arrested this afternoon in Ferguson, Missouri, while on assignment documenting the events there. We at Getty Images stand firmly behind our colleague Scott Olson and the right to report from Ferguson. Getty Images is working to secure his release as soon as possible."

Further, Bernasconi strongly objected to Olson being arrested and prevented from doing his job, and the Getty VP is quoted as believing that Olson's work is important for "... capturing some of the most iconic images of this news story.”

Overseas media France24 is reporting that U.S. President Barack Obama "... interrupted a two-week seaside vacation to return to Washington for meetings on the unrest in the community near St. Louis and on fighting in Iraq."

The story from overseas also noted that Obama saw "disparities in how blacks and whites are treated and sentenced" and that this must be addressed. The President, however, tried to be seen as evan-handed in the matter and also acknowledged what police officers sometimes must face. They quote Obama:

“There are young black men that commit crime. We can argue about why that happened – because the poverty they were born into or the school systems that failed them or what have you – but if they commit a crime, then they need to be prosecuted. Because every community has an interest in public safety.”

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