FERGUSON, Mo. – Police arrested City of St. Louis Alderman Antonio French Wednesday night.

French was arrested for unlawful assembly and was released shortly after 7 a.m.

Following his release, he said that he went into his car to escape tear gas and smoke bombs being thrown by police. While in his car, police approached him, dragged him out of the car and arrested him.

French said that he had not been given documentation as to why he was arrested, and he said he didn't have to post any bond.

He also said that he didn't receive mistreatment by police, but rights of protesters are being violated.

The 21st Ward Alderman has been documenting the events in Ferguson daily since Sunday, including Vine videos and other posts on social media.

Several protesters gathered outside of the jail Wednesday night to support French.

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