Ferguson Journalists Settle Suit With St. Louis County

     ST. LOUIS (CN) — Four journalists arrested while covering the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting have reached a settlement with St. Louis County, attorneys involved in the case said Wednesday.
     The journalists — Ryan Devereaux of Intercept/First Look Media; Ansgar Graw, senior political U.S. correspondent for German newspapers Die Welt and Welt am Sonntag; Frank Herrmann, the U.S. correspondent for a group of German regional papers; and Lukas Hermsmeier, a freelance journalist — sued St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis in Federal Court claiming their arrests violated their First and Fourth Amendment rights.
     On Wednesday, plaintiff attorneys Corrine Irish of Squire Patton Boggs and Rick Sindel of Sindel, Sindel, & Nobel, along with St. Louis County Counselor Michael Shuman issued a statement.
     “While the specific terms of the settlement are confidential, the county has agreed to adopt policy changes that will address the issues raised by this lawsuit,” the statement said. “The parties believe that the resolution reached will ensure that the county’s policing activities are consistent with the county’s expressed commitment to keeping the public informed, and does not impede on the police department’s responsibility to protect the community.”
     The journalists are still in litigation with the city of St. Louis.

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