August 13th, 2014 at 9:30pm CDT in #Ferguson, Missouri, an Al Jazeera America news crew was reporting behind police barricades. They were easily identifiable as a working #television crew. As they were setting up their camera for a live report, tear gas canisters landed in their proximity and police fired rubber bullets in their direction. #Police continued to shoot after crew members clearly and repeatedly shouted ‘#Press’. A pop and a cloud of white smoke marks the arrival of a tear gas canister at their feet, and the #newscrew is forced to flee. Moments later, police pull up in an armored van and hurriedly try to break down the film equipment--until they notice that another crew is still #filming them from across the street. Al Jazeera America #aljazeera is stunned by this egregious assault on freedom of the press that was clearly intended to have a chilling effect on our ability to cover this important story. Thankfully all three crew members are physically fine. We believe that this situation must be investigated along with those involving our colleagues at other #media outlets. #firstamendment

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