How A Local Politician Emerged As The Key Chronicler Of The Unrest In Missouri

Alderman Antonio French has captured the vigils and protests in Ferguson, Mo., after the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man by a police officer left the community reeling.

1. For several nights now, the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson has been in chaos over the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man from the area.

2. Throughout the unrest, Antonio French has seemingly been there, documenting the vigils, vandalism, and violence happening in his community for the world to follow along.

3. French is a local politician, serving his first term as Alderman of the 21st Ward in St. Louis, which includes the neighborhoods Kingsway East, Greater Ville, O’Fallon, Penrose, and Mark Twain.

He was born and raised in the ward he serves, according to his staff profile. It also says he is “one of the youngest city aldermen.”

Before becoming alderman, French served the 21st Ward as the Democratic committeeman, and ran his own political consulting firm, which helped manage campaigns.

He has sponsored a bill since becoming Alderman that would hold politicians more accountable by requiring recordings and transcripts for all official meetings of city government, according to CBS’s St. Louis affiliate.

As Alderman, French has also cleaned and restored the O’Fallon Park, and he launched a summer jazz concert series in the park in partnership with the local concert hall.

4. French has provided amazing coverage, posting photos and Vines with updates or just the words “Right now in #Ferguson” since the shooting happened on Saturday.

5. Follow the story on French’s timeline, starting on Saturday:

20. Sunday:

52. Monday:

67. BuzzFeed reached out to French for this article, but did not immediately receive a response.

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