Tuesday, August 11, 2015

CTV journalist Tom Walters charged one year after Ferguson protests

Tom Walters
CTV journalist Tom Walters is facing charges almost a year after being arrested while covering the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, the Star reports.
Walters, who is the network’s Los Angeles bureau chief, was charged with interfering with a police officer, according to CTV News.
Walters had been covering the violent protests that gripped Ferguson last summer when he was arrested after asking a police officer a question on West Florissant Avenue.
His arrest was caught on tape, and he was detained almost nine hours before being released without charges.
Now he is being summoned to a St. Louis, Missouri court later this month to face charges for allegedly “failing to comply with officers’ lawful commands to disperse from West Florissant Avenue,” CTV News reports. “CTV News strongly condemns the charges filed by St. Louis County against CTV News correspondent Tom Walters while he reported on the protests in Ferguson, Missouri last August,” CTV News President Wendy Freeman said in a statement.
“Tom has the full support of CTV News as we fight these charges. Almost a year ago, Tom was arrested and detained for eight-and-a-half hours for simply doing his job. As an organization that covers news both in Canada and internationally, CTV News is unwavering in its commitment to defending the rights of all journalists.”

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