Who’s ready for some personal news from the Washington Post’s Wes Lowery?
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According to the summons, Lowery is being charged with trespassing on private property despite being asked to leave. He is also charged with interfering with a police officer’s performance of his duties because, the summons alleges, he failed to comply with “repeated commands to immediately exit” the restaurant.
Lowery and Ryan Reilly, a journalist with the Huffington Post, were handcuffed last August inside a McDonald’s that reporters had been using as a staging area while covering the Ferguson protests.
Reilly said Monday that he had not received a court summons but was expecting to be charged as well.
The counts against Lowery carry a possible fine of $1,000 and up to a year in a county jail.
Martin Baron, executive editor of The Post, said in a statement, “This latest action represents contemptible overreaching by prosecutors who seem to have no regard for the role of journalists seeking to cover a major story and following normal practice.”
The Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly faces the same charges as Lowery.