FERGUSON, Mo. – Among the 16 people arrested Wednesday night in Ferguson was a local filmmaker who was in the area to document the unrest.
Ryan Frank told NewsChannel 5's Ryan Dean he was taken into custody for failure to obey a lawful order and for a noise violation. He says he feels his right to assembly and freedom of speech was violated by the arrest.
Frank says he was documenting a group of about 100 people who were protesting outside the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday night. He called the protesters "spirited," but not unruly.
According to Frank, the SWAT team rolled up during the protest and put placed barricades in the streets.
"The pointed guns at us," said Frank.
He says the officers outnumbered the protesters, and they yelled at everyone to leave. He says most people did leave, but he felt it was his right to observe the events because he wasn't breaking the law.
Frank says he sat down on the sidewalk to observe the scene, saying he felt it was his right to do so because he wasn't breaking any laws.
He says he was getting up to leave when officers took him into custody.