St. Louis, MO alderman Antonio French, was arrested tonight while reporting on the uprising happening in Ferguson in response to the public execution of 18-year-old Michael Brown by the Ferguson Police Department last Saturday.
His wife confirmed the reports via Twitter.
@AntonioFrench being booked now. Not sure what the charge is yet. Was ordered out of his car and arrested because he “didn’t listen”.
— Senka (@senka) August 14, 2014
Twitter user Tef Poe posted footage of protesters demanding French’s release:
Antonio French has been arrested and we are currently at the Ferguson jail demanding his release https://t.co/Vyij0i3oqx
— Tef Poe/FootKlan (@TefPoe) August 14, 2014
Later, Twitter user Ray Downs posted additional footage:
— Ray Downs (@RayDowns) August 14, 2014
As previously reported by NewsOne, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, along with Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly, was also arrested while reporting on the ground in Ferguson.
Read his account of what happened here.