Alderman Charged With ‘Unlawful Assembly’ In Ferguson
[su_right_ad]Antonio French, a Democratic St. Louis alderman, who’s been videotaping events in Ferguson, MO, was arrested Wednesday night.
French, alderman of the 21st ward in St. Louis, was taken into custody, said his wife, Jasenka Benac French, who uses the Twitter handle @senka.
She tweeted that “@antonioFrench is in Ferguson jail,” and that he had been arrested. About 90 minutes later she tweeted, “@AntonioFrench being booked now. Not sure what the charge is yet. Was ordered out of his car and arrested because he “didn’t listen.'”…
She later updated to say that her husband had been charged with “unlawful assembly.” She said he expected to be held for 24 hours.
Antonio French had received national attention for his social media reports and interviews on the escalating racial and police tensions in Ferguson, which followed the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, by a police officer. African Americans are two-thirds of the population in Ferguson, but they account for nine out of 10 stops by police.