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Alderman Antonio French Arrested, Released

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Antonio French leaves the Ferguson jail around 7:15 a.m. on August 14. Photo: KMOX/Brett Blume

Antonio French leaves the Ferguson jail around 7:15 a.m. on August 14. Photo: KMOX/Brett Blume

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Louis City Alderman Antonio French was released around 7 a.m. today after spending the night in the Ferguson jail.

“I think everybody should be upset about what’s happening here,” French told KMOX News. “We broke no laws. People are just trying to peacefully assemble. The heavy-handed police approach is making matters worse.”

French said he expected to spend 24 hours in jail, and did not pay bail.

He said he his first plan was to head to an ATM and let some of his compatriots out of jail.

Also arrested was a top aide to Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed, who was one of five people standing on the sidewalk across the street from Ferguson Police Headquarters when a SWAT team pulled in and arrested them.

Reed tells KMOX that he’s tried unsuccessfully to contact both Ferguson and St. Louis County leaders.

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