Daniel Shular

Freelance photographer Daniel Shular arrested in St. Louis

October 3, 2017

Daniel Shular — a St. Louis-based freelance photographer whose work has been published in NBC News, Xinhua and Riverfront Times — was arrested on October 3, 2017, after covering a demonstration in St. Louis, Missouri.

On October 3, protesters in St. Louis shut down Highway 40, marching on the interstate and blocking traffic. The demonstration was a response to the acquittal in September of of Jason Stockley, a white former St. Louis police officer who in 2011 fatally shot Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man.

Shular covered the protest. After the group of protesters exited the highway, lines of police officers enclosed them in a “kettle” and then announced that they would all be arrested.

Shular told the Freedom of the Press Foundation that officers ignored him when he said that he was a member of the press. He said that he was carrying two professional DSLR cameras and wearing a National Press Photographers Association press badge. Officers ordered him to sit on the ground and then arrested him.

He said that the police never told him specifically why he was being arrested. During the booking and process, he said, he saw a document that listed the charge as “trespassing.”

Shular said that he was held for about 17 hours before being released. His cameras were returned to him after he was released.

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