They're targeting reporters now in Ferguson. Always a bad sign:http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post ... ng_strip_2
If you click the link at the bottom to the reporters' Twitter feed, it seems like the chief of police had the two arrested reporters released after a third reporter informed him ( the chief) of what was going on. Draw your own conclusions as to whether these cops are people to whom we should be giving access to military gear.
Sounds like the police were about to stage an operation out of the McDonald's and perceived the reporters (not unreasonably, or uncharacteristically) as a threat to operational security. In other words, the police had something planned and didn't want reporters saying anything about it before hand. That's probably pretty standard.
At which point barney fife and his buddies lost all (remaining) perspective and common sense apparently. Seems like an issue that wouldn't happen in a larger city with a more media savvy police departments.
Then again, a more media savvy police department would probably have picked up on the fact that the reporter was clearly dragging his feet in a hope of scoring a scoop, and "assisted him" in getting out of the building quicker.