August 14, 2014 7:38 am -

[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.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

27 responses to Alderman Charged With ‘Unlawful Assembly’ In Ferguson

  1. edmeyer_able August 14th, 2014 at 7:54 am

    All 3 MSM networks MSNBC,CNN, and FOX reported that rocks, bottles, and even molotov cocktails being thrown at police but not one could show any news footage from the demonstration supporting these claims. They have been using live stream video from a local radio station or cell phone video.
    If this was happening in Cairo or Kiev they would have reporters on scene,

    • Carla Akins August 14th, 2014 at 7:58 am

      When my local (KC) news covered it this morning they kept talking about the molotov cocktails – however when the “guy on the scene” came on, he stated he saw nothing of the sort. He said the tear gas grenades and rubber bullets started flying after a small object was thrown at the officers (but it wasn’t flammable). He also stated that it was constant bombarding, and that the gas masks did no good. This coming from a station not friendly to the protesters.

    • Jeff Allen August 14th, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Someone call CNN and tell them parts of the missing plane were spotted in Ferguson.

  2. Anomaly 100 August 14th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    What country is this again?

    • Carla Akins August 14th, 2014 at 7:59 am

      I’m sorry, I don’t recognize it.

    • Tommy6860 August 14th, 2014 at 8:48 am

      It’s a country where the establishment has it out for minorities, it may sound crazy, but consider Bundy. I mean WTF, this Alderman was arrested for what? The unarmed teen was killed for being black while surrendering. Yet, as another example, you posted this story the day before yesterday. This winger goes nut-job sovereign-er, sets garbage bins on fire, then opens fire with an assault rifle on police. SWAT teams come he still shoots and he finally gives up without any law enforcement ever returning a shot at this lunatic.

      I don’t know, but after watching the chaos last night, I don’t feel right loving this country right now.

      • Anomaly 100 August 14th, 2014 at 9:54 am

        Bundy militia members pointed rifles at feds. No one was shot down. Yeah, there’s a disparity here in how the police treat minorities.

        • granpa.usthai August 14th, 2014 at 11:03 am

          always has been, Anomaly.

      • granpa.usthai August 14th, 2014 at 11:24 am

        I admit at times like this, REAL PATRIOTS that LOVE AMERICA will be disheartened, Tommy. Much like those in Vietnam during Kent State. I think what we are seeing is a last desperate attempt of the WHITE RACIST to secure permanent power over the growing majority by using a timid government that loves pointing an accusing finger at other nations over “HUMAN RIGHTS”. Without falsely claiming “MORAL CHRISTIAN VALUES” – the US doesn’t have much else to sway the world outside of brute force, which becomes more ludicrous with every breath the red dragon takes. I’m of the opinion that ‘poetic justice’ is the fairest justice. If I were China, I’d send any remaining WHITES to work their rice fields (since we’re the ‘only ones’ who work hard) and leave the other races on the same level as Asians to rebuild China’s investments in the USA? I think that would keep Kliven’s Kows from being too stressed out.

    • granpa.usthai August 14th, 2014 at 11:01 am

      a country where WHITE RACIST are setting up rule over the people, the ‘republic’ (or so it’s been called since 1778) be damned.
      Kinda like in Germany back in 1932.
      Only – nobody is suppose to remember history ’til it’s too late.
      If it cost China her investments in the US, won’t be no reason for them to be much interested in any ‘peace’ until we’re united again under a ‘new republic’, which ‘ll probably be in never ever land.
      If it starts costing China her investments outside the USA, which is a high probability, there won’t be any need for a ‘new republic’ or any other type of government in a desolate land with no life.

  3. edmeyer_able August 14th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    For over 24 hours requests for the gov have been to take action yet,his office has not made any type of statement FTW Thats the message he is sending.

  4. NW10 August 14th, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Yet when a bunch of “peaceful” demonstrators pointed guns at the Feds on the Bundy ranch, no one was arrested. What was different between those “peaceful” protesters and the protesters in Ferguson, MO?

    • MIAtheistGal August 14th, 2014 at 8:04 am

      I bet if we try real hard we can figure it out…

    • Nicholas Russell Harris August 14th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      I think I may hazard a guess by saying they didn’t have a dark complexion. . .?

      • whatthe46 August 14th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

        don’t hazard. you’re right.

  5. MIAtheistGal August 14th, 2014 at 8:04 am

    So they’re just arresting everyone now, no matter what? Can’t even patronize a mcds without getting arrested or drive in ferguson I guess.

  6. edmeyer_able August 14th, 2014 at 8:16 am

    A statement from FPD says the officer was treated for facial injuries and that the body of Michael Brown has been released to the family.
    Serious question….
    Could they really do a thorough investigation on angle of entry wounds and distance from muzzell in that short of time?

    • R.J. Carter August 14th, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Well, they are kind of in a rush, thanks to impatient protesters and cyberterrorists.

  7. NW10 August 14th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Old school rap song that should be the official theme of Ferguson, MO:

  8. labman57 August 14th, 2014 at 9:03 am

    What do you call it when an entire police force goes rogue, deciding that the constitutional protections of the First Amendment no longer apply in Ferguson?

    • mea_mark August 14th, 2014 at 9:51 am


  9. Mike N. August 14th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Alderman French released. sorry I guess the embedding doesn’t work on disqus; the video on the link is very interesting:

  10. edmeyer_able August 14th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Things you heard more about on CNN more than you heard about what’s going on in Ferguson Mo.
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