Charge dropped against journalist arrested at St. Louis protest
A trespassing charge has been dropped against journalist Jon Ziegler, who was arrested while covering a Black Lives Matter protest in St. Louis, Missouri, in October 2017, he confirmed by email to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker in August 2023.
Ziegler, an independent journalist, was livestreaming the Oct. 3, 2017, demonstration when he was caught up in a police “kettle” of protesters.
In a response to the Tracker's emailed query, a representative for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department also said that, to their knowledge, neither the city counselor nor the circuit attorney pursued charges.
The Tracker is listing the date of charges dropped as one year from Ziegler’s arrest, when the statute of limitations expired.
Independent journalist Jon Ziegler was arrested in St. Louis on Oct. 3, 2017, after livestreaming a demonstration on Highway 40. Ziegler was previously arrested in St. Louis on Sept. 17, while covering another protest.
On Oct. 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 Jason Stockley, a white former St. Louis police officer who in 2011 fatally shot Anthony Lamar Smith, a Black man.
Ziegler was one of the journalists who provided live coverage of the march. Once the group of protesters exited the highway, lines of police officers enclosed them in a "kettle" and then ordered them to sit on the ground and began to arrest them. Ziegler and other journalists covering the march were also arrested.
Ziegler's livestream of the march captured his arrest and the arrest of other journalists.