Protests have continued since Brown, who was black and unarmed, was shot and killed Aug. 9 by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Moore is one of an estimated two dozen journalists from around the world and among the hundreds of people who’ve been arrested in Ferguson.
Moore, whose videos have been used by The Associated Press, TV networks and other news organizations, is among the few journalists to actually go to court. She was charged with failure to comply, failure to disperse and resisting arrest. She said she was not part of the protest, but was simply documenting it on video.
Ferguson’s city attorney said Tuesday that Moore was “was participating in the protest and attempted to interfere … by locking arms with other protesters.”
“There was no resisting,” Moore said Monday in a phone interview. “I’m not an idiot.”
Moore’s case was set for trial in late June at a brief hearing Tuesday morning in Ferguson’s municipal court — the same venue singled out in a withering U.S. Department of Justice report that found the St. Louis suburb operated a profit-driven system that heightened tensions among black residents for years before Brown’s death.
The Missouri Supreme Court appointed a state appeals court judge to hear cases in Ferguson’s courtroom following the ouster of the private-practice attorney who previously presided there. Moore said she is considering whether to seek a change of venue to St. Louis County Circuit Court.