1. SOUNDBITE (English) Wesley Lowery, Washington Post Reporter:
"Myself and another reporter, Ryan Riley of the Huffington Post were both in McDonald's that's behind me right now, reporting essentially. We were using it as a work zone. A lot of the reporters who have been out here have spent a lot of time at that McDonald's. It's the only building on the street with outlets. So we were spending time in there, officers attempted to clear the building, they gave us conflicting information about whether they wanted us to leave or whether they wanted us to stay. We were trying to get information from them. They got frustrated that we were taking too long for their liking and so they decided to take us into custody. It became quite a spectacle. Eventually the Ferguson police chief called the jail and said get them out of there and so we at the time were released without any charges, even without formal paperwork. We've spent a year trying to get any formal paperwork and then we found out yesterday we're going to be charged with trespassing and interfering with an officer."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Wesley Lowery, Washington Post Reporter:
"They had a year statute of limitations and so our arrest was on August 13th last year. Our summons was issued on August 6th of this year. Seemingly they've waiting until the very last minute to start issuing summonses and start telling people detained last year that they are in fact being charged and that they need to show up in court."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Wesley Lowery, Washington Post Reporter:
"I don't know quite why or what they stand to gain from pursuing these charges but what I do know is that we've always maintained, myself and Ryan, we were behaving in a way that was lawfully, we were attempting to comply with officers' orders and we were given contradictory instructions and that frankly, this is an infringement on our First Amendment rights and our ability as journalists to cover what was clearly a news story."