CTV journalist Tom Walters is facing charges almost a year after being arrested while covering the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Walters was charged with interfering with a police officer by asking a police officer a question. His arrest was caught on tape, and he was detained almost nine hours before being released without charges. The Freedom of the Press Foundation noted that about two dozen journalists were arrested during the protest. Walters is now being summoned to a Missouri court later this month to face charges for allegedly “failing to comply with officers’ lawful commands to disperse from West Florissant Avenue”. At the time of his arrest, Walters explained that police had asked media to leave before they cleared out the last of the protestors. Walters had tried to ask Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson why, when police arrested him.
Is Tom Walters guilty of interfering with a police officer? Or is this another case of police abusing their authority?