Last night, St. Louis Post-Dispatch crime reporter Christine Byers managed to rise above the din of the protests in Ferguson, Mo., with a tweet claiming that, according to police sources, more than a dozen witnesses had corroborated the police’s version of events in the Michael Brown shooting. That tweet was eventually retweeted more than 3,000 times.

Today, news spread that Byers had been placed on leave from the newspaper for her tweet.

https://twitter.com/MikeGraySC/status/501823595694145538

https://twitter.com/krf7/status/501823142223155200

However, it turns out that Byers was already on leave from the paper under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which she acknowledged in a subsequent tweet.

Post-Dispatch editor Gilbert Bailon issued the following statement to TheBlaze:

Christine Byers is a police reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who has been on FMLA leave since March. She is not involved in the Ferguson coverage while she is on leave. Her tweets are personal.

She has tweeted today in regards to her tweet Monday: “On FMLA from paper. Earlier tweets did not meet standards for publication.”

 

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