Friday, August 15, 2014

SWAT TEAM CLAIMS THEY WERE ‘HELPING’ IN TEAR GASSING OF JOURNALISTS

Claim completely contradicted by video footage, statements

by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON AUGUST 15, 2014

St. Charles County SWAT Team members have bizarrely claimed that they were “helping” Al Jazeera journalists who were tear gassed during unrest in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday night.
Video footage of the incident shows reporters fleeing the scene after police throw a tear gas canister just feet from where they are standing. Cops then begin to dismantle lighting rigs before pointing a video camera down to the ground.
However, according to a Fox 2 report, the SWAT team members “helped” the journalists by tear gassing them.
On Wednesday, an Al-Jazeera crew got caught in the tear gas. St. Charles County SWAT Team members located the journalists, put them into their armored car and then disassembled their equipment and loaded it for them.
A spokesperson for the St. Charles County Sheriff’s department says the reporters “thanked their officers.”
“In fact, last night the SWAT Team officers were assisting the media in moving their camera equipment and media personnel to a safer area with their consent so that they could continue to cover the event, ” the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
The narrative put out by the SWAT team is completely contradicted by the journalists involved in the incident, who didn’t appear to be very thankful.
Footage taken by Infowars.com shows the Al-Jazeera journalists angrily complaining about the fact that they are being shot at by the police.

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