Alderman, 2 Reporters Arrested as Ferguson Erupts for 4th Night

People protest as tear gas canisters detonate around them on Wednesday, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP/Chris Lee, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

FERGUSON, Mo. (USA Today) — Hopes for peace here after three nights of rioting were dashed when another demonstration in the wake of teenager Michael Brown’s death brought a huge show of force from both protesters and police.

Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who had been posting frequent photos and video of the protests and police response, was taken to the Ferguson jail and arrested for unlawful assembly, his wife, Jasenka Benac French, said via Twitter.

Journalists in the St. Louis suburb to cover the fray wound up being part of the story when two were detained at a McDonald’s restaurant where members of the media were charging cellphones and writing.

Reporters Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of The Huffington Post said on Twitter that police told them to stop recording the chaos, then took them into custody.

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