At the time of this writing, Antonio French’s last tweet was three hours ago.
Anyone who is closely following the situation in Ferguson, Mo., knows Antonio French, the Alderman of the 21st Ward in St. Louis who has been documenting the chaos following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown over the weekend, after he allegedly attacked a police officer.
As reported at Liberty Unyielding, bad behavior from politicians, incitement from outside groups, local media blackouts and no-fly-zones have all but trounced the coverage of the truly heinous riots on Sunday night that spawned from a vigil for Michael Brown, who died at the hand of a still-unnamed police officer.
One of French’s tweets highlighted a flyer that was given to people during a protest and was cited here and elsewhere:
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 11, 2014
CNN’s senior media correspondent Brian Steltzer confirmed that French was in police custody on Twitter, which is possibly one of the boldest moves yet by the police, whose questionable behavior has included confinement of journalists Wesley Lowery and Ryan J. Reilly, as reported at the LA Times.
However, MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor, another pundit many have been depending on for news on the situation, confirmed that he has been released.
So the question, of course, is why? Here was Antonio French’s last tweet (at the time of this writing):
*UPDATE: A tweet from a local news outlet KSDK confirms that French was arrested and charged with “unlawful assembly.”
— KSDK NewsChannel 5 (@ksdknews) August 14, 2014