St. Louis official arrested in Ferguson protests released - KCTV5

St. Louis official arrested in Ferguson protests released

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St. Louis Alderman Antonio French crosses the street after he was released  from the Ferguson, MO, jail Thursday morning. (Source: KMOV/CBS) St. Louis Alderman Antonio French crosses the street after he was released from the Ferguson, MO, jail Thursday morning. (Source: KMOV/CBS)

FERGUSON, MO (KMOV/CBS) - At least 16 people were arrested Wednesday night in heated protests, including St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, who was released from custody Thursday morning.

French, an Auburn graduate and organizer of a popular jazz concert series, had become known nationally for conducting interviews and chronicling protests in Ferguson and posting them to Twitter and Vine.

Tear gas was deployed on the crowd in Ferguson by police Wednesday night. A spokesperson for the St. Louis County Police Department said tear gas was used after protesters threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police.

Demonstrations, sometimes violent, have occurred since a Ferguson police officer shot and killed teenager Michael Brown this past Saturday.

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