The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri had a stunned response after he learned his officers arrested a pair of reporters who were covering the ongoing protests that began in the city after an unarmed African-American teenager was shot by police there on Saturday. According to the Los Angeles Times, Chief Thomas Jackson was shocked when he found out the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery and the Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly were arrested Wednesday evening.
“Oh God,” Jackson said after learning of the arrests.
The Times said Jackson claimed he immediately called the St. Louis County Police Department, which was leading the command, after learning the reporters were in custody.
Police have said the teenager who was killed, Michael Brown, attempted to attack an officer and take his gun. Protesters have accused law enforcement in Ferguson of engaging in racial profiling. Officers have responded to the protests with rubber bullets and tear gas.
Both Reilly and Lowery said they were taken into custody and released soon after SWAT teams came into a McDonald’s restaurant where they were working Wednesday.
Lowery did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider. Reilly, who said he was held with Lowery, told Business Insider he did not hear from Jackson after his arrest.