VIDEO: Ferguson Protestor Has Phone Stolen–While Live-Streaming Riot

VIDEO: Ferguson Protestor Has Phone Stolen–While Live-Streaming Riot

Bassem Masri, a pro-Palestinian activist who is live-streaming the violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, had his smartphone stolen as he was live-streaming the action (at 2:34 in the video below). The thief’s escape was broadcast to some 90,000 viewers around the world as he retreated, breathless, to a park. The video was captured and reposted to YouTube. 

Masri himself has blamed police for the theft, suggesting they are trying to suppress his coverage.

Protestors have destroyed a police car, set fire to several local businesses, and carried out other acts of violent rage in response to a grand jury’s decision not to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of local youth Michael Brown. Masri has apologized to viewers: his backup phone cannot stream live video.

Image: Screenshot/YouTube

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