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What a Getty Photographer Captured Before He Was Arrested in Ferguson

Scott Olson, who was arrested Monday, has taken some of the most iconic pictures from the protests in Missouri.

Aug. 18, 2014, 3:40 p.m.

Getty Im­ages pho­to­graph­er Scott Olson was ar­res­ted Monday night dur­ing protests in Fer­guson.

Re­port­ers on the scene cap­tured pho­tos and videos of his ar­rest. An In­s­tagram video ap­pears to show Olson as po­lice tie the pho­to­graph­er’s hands be­hind his back. 

“Me­dia are re­quired to be in a cer­tain area,” Olson says in the video. He goes on to identi­fy him­self as a pho­to­graph­er with Getty Im­ages. 

Olson was re­leased just be­fore 10 p.m. ET, ac­cord­ing to Getty Im­ages VP Pan­cho Bernas­coni on Twit­ter. Ac­cord­ing to Bernas­coni, Olson said upon his re­lease: “I want to be able to do my job as a mem­ber of the me­dia and not be ar­res­ted for just do­ing my job.”

Getty con­firmed the re­lease in a state­ment Monday night. “Getty Im­ages con­demns Scott’s ar­rest and is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that he and our oth­er pho­to­graph­er col­leagues are able to re­port this im­port­ant story,” Bernas­coni said in the state­ment.

“We strongly ob­ject to his ar­rest and are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing he is able to re­sume his im­port­ant work of cap­tur­ing some of the most icon­ic im­ages of this news story,” Bernas­coni said in an earli­er state­ment Monday night. 

Getty man­aged to cap­ture sev­er­al pic­tures of Olson be­ing ar­res­ted, and iden­ti­fied him in their cap­tions. Olson has been in Fer­guson since early last week, and has taken some of the most mem­or­able pic­tures of what has happened there since 18-year-old Mi­chael Brown was shot by a po­lice of­ficer on Aug. 9.

Here are the most strik­ing pho­tos of Olson’s cov­er­age from Fer­guson. 

This story was up­dated with re­port about Olson’s re­lease.

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