For some of the protesters in Ferguson, street demonstrations are not about justice for Mike Brown, but rather for the sake of looting, arson and carjacking at gunpoint.

On Tuesday the Daily RFT reported two journalists were assaulted and robbed at gunpoint while covering the protests and riot in Ferguson.

Jessica Lussenhop writes:

Emily Molli, a freelancer filing for Chinese network Xinhua News Agency, said she was standing behind the camera while her colleague Marcus DiPaola was filming. She said she saw a large group of young men wearing masks and carrying guns walk towards them.

“They got closer and then I heard them say, ‘Turn the camera off, turn the camera off,” Molli told Daily RFT. “They came sort of at us and tried to grab the camera.”

The crew packed up and began walking to their car, but Molli and DiPaola said the men followed them, yelling. The reporters managed to make it inside their Prius before the group caught up and began smashing the windows.

“One guy pulled [the car door] back open, got a gun out of his backpack and pointed it at my head. He tells me to get out of the car and give me the keys,” said Molli. “That’s what I did.”

“Fifteen to twenty males followed us with guns and hammers out,” confirmed DiPaola. “Every single one of them had masks on.”

The car was later torched, according to DiPaola.

Serious activists would welcome media coverage, but some of the people on the street in Ferguson are not activists, they are criminal opportunists.


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