Police in Ferguson arrest Getty Images photographer

Police in Ferguson arrest Getty Images photographer
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Getty Images staff photographer Scott Olson was arrested Monday evening, while covering the ongoing protests and conflict with local police in Ferguson, Missouri. He was later released.

Olson's arrest follows a similar incident last week, when reporters Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post were arrested together, and each later released.

In a statement following Olson's arrest, Getty Images vice president for news Pancho Bernasconi declared: "We at Getty Images stand firmly behind our colleague Scott Olson and the right to report from Ferguson. Getty Images is working to secure his release as soon as possible."

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After Olson was released, Bernasconi said in a second statement:

Scott told me tonight, "I want to be able to do my job as a member of the media and not be arrested for just doing my job." Getty Images condemns Scott's arrest and is committed to ensuring that he and our other photographer colleagues are able to report this important story. [Getty Images]

The company has also posted photos of Olson's arrest, taken by another one of their photographers on the scene, as part of their overall news coverage of Ferguson. --Eric Kleefeld

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