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CTV Says Reporter Charged A Year After Arrest While Covering Ferguson Protests

08/12/2015 10:22 EDT | Updated 08/12/2016 05:59 EDT
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St. Louis County Police and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers stand guard as protesters march on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2015. A day of peaceful remembrance marking the anniversary of 18-year-old black teen Michael Brown's killing by police in the US city of Ferguson came to a violent end on August 9 as gunfire left at least one protester injured. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
TORONTO — CTV says its Los Angeles bureau chief has been charged nearly a year after his arrest while covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo.

The network reports that Tom Walters is facing a charge of interfering with a police officer.

Walters was arrested last August while trying to ask a question of a Missouri Highway Patrol officer, and later released without charge. The incident was captured on video.

CTV says Walters recently received a summons to appear in a St. Louis court this month, on allegations he failed to comply with police commands to disperse from West Florissant Avenue, where many of the protests were held.

The network last year condemned Walters' arrest as a "gross violation of the First Amendment protections in the United States and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms."

Several journalists were arrested while covering the Ferguson protests. At least two other media outlets say their reporters have been charged.

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