ST. LOUIS • A settlement is being finalized in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Turkish journalist who claimed he was mistreated by police during the Ferguson protests.
The suit, filed in federal court here in November against the St. Louis County police, claimed that Bilgin Şaşmaz, a journalist with the Turkish Anadolu Agency, was “violently” thrown to the pavement and arrested for photographing an officer who was pointing a gun at protesters in Ferguson.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, which represented Şaşmaz, said in its complaint that Şaşmaz was taking pictures of St. Ann police Officer Ray Albers on Aug. 19 as Albers pointed a rifle at protesters and threatened at least one.
It alleged that an unidentified county police officer ignored him repeatedly saying, “press, press” and arrested him for “refusal to disperse.” The suit said his camera, flash and two lenses were damaged and confiscated. It cited violations of the First, Fourth and Fourteenth amendments as well as state law claims including battery and false imprisonment.
Albers, the St. Ann officer who was shown on video pointing his gun at protesters, later resigned from the force.
Court records show the parties in the case in May reached a settlement, which is being finalized. The terms of that settlement are not outlined in court records. The claims against the police officer were formally dismissed on Friday and the claims against county police remain.
The ACLU declined comment while the matter is still pending.
Editor's note: This story has been revised to say that the settlement is still being finalized.