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08/14/2014 04:18 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Here Are Some Of The 16 People Who Were Arrested In The Fifth Night Of The Ferguson Protests

WASHINGTON -- At least 16 people were arrested during the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Thursday night, including a St. Louis politician, a filmmaker and two journalists. Meanwhile, the police officer who shot Michael Brown has not yet been identified or charged.

Since Saturday, when a Ferguson police officer shot and killed the unarmed African-American teenager, members of the African-American community have been turning out each night to speak out about the incident.

Anger in this St. Louis suburb has continued to grow over frustration with the police's handling of the situation, including that they have not yet released additional details about the shooting. Officers have been out in Ferguson each night dressed in full riot gear and using tear gas and rubber bullets.

According to KSDK in St. Louis, at least 16 people were picked up by the police Wednesday night, although not all of their identities are known yet.

If you or anyone you know was arrested Wednesday night, let us know.

Here are four people who were detained and have spoken out:

Antonio French, St. Louis Alderman

French has been tweeting nonstop about the events in Ferguson, criticizing the police response to the largely peaceful protests. Word of French's arrest came late Wednesday night, when his wife tweeted that he had been arrested.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, French said police pulled him from his car Wednesday night and arrested him for reportedly failing to follow their order to disperse. At 7 a.m. Central time, he was released without having to post bail.

"Inside that jail is nothing but peacekeepers," he said after his release. "They rounded up the wrong people ... reverends, young people organizing the peace effort."

Ryan Frank, Filmmaker

Frank, a local filmmaker, was documenting about 100 people peacefully protesting outside the Ferguson Police Department on Wednesday night when a SWAT team came up, "pointed guns" at everyone and told protesters to leave. Frank told KSDK that he sat down on the sidewalk to watch what was going on.

"I was charged with failure to obey a lawful order and noise violation," Frank said in his interview with KSDK, adding, "I felt that it was our right to stay and observe what was happening, and we weren't breaking any laws. So we sat down on the sidewalk, and they came and arrested us."

Wesley Lowery, Washington Post Reporter

A McDonald's a few blocks from where Brown's shooting took place has been a frequent resting place for journalists who are covering what's going on in Ferguson and need a place with outlets and Internet access to file their stories. On Wednesday evening, police officers came into the McDonald's and told everyone to leave. Lowery, who was filming what the officers were doing, was (illegally) instructed to stop doing so.

According to Lowery, when he didn't leave quickly enough, multiple officers grabbed him.

"As they took me into custody, the officers slammed me into a soda machine, at one point setting off the Coke dispenser. They put plastic cuffs on me, then they led me out the door," he wrote.

Lowery was released Wednesday night and not charged with a crime.

Ryan Reilly, Huffington Post Reporter

Like Lowery, Reilly was working at the McDonald's when officers came in and tried to kick everyone out. Reilly took issue when the police officers demanded to see his ID and told him to pack up.

"Evidently, I was not moving quickly enough," Reilly said in a Wednesday night interview with MSNBC. "At that point, I was given a countdown. I was told I had 45 seconds, 30 seconds to pack up all my stuff and leave, at which point the officer in question who I have not -- I repeatedly later would ask for his name and was never [told], or his batch number. He has never given it. [He] decided that he was going to help me pack, and he grabbed my things and shoved them into my bag. And, I was then, when I -- basically, he arrested me. He handcuffed me. He used his finger to put a pressure point on my neck, and it was just a very difficult experience."

Reilly said one of the police officers also slammed his head against the glass, on purpose, and then "sarcastically apologized for it." He was released with Lowery without any charges.

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USA Today's Yamiche Alcindor provides an intimate look at how Michael Brown's parents have been dealing with the loss of their son:

Phones constantly ring with reporters asking for interviews or family members offering support. Last week, as demands reached a tipping point, both parents moved into hotels to shield themselves.

In the days leading up to the funeral, Brown's mother continued to cry and spoke in whispers as she tried to explain her feelings.

"They say tomorrow is going to be the hardest day, but I think today was — just seeing my baby laying there, cold," Lesley McSpadden, 34, told USA TODAY. "It did something to my heart. It's too much. It's too much."

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New audio has surfaced that allegedly captures the moment when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9.

CNN aired the unverified recording on Monday night. Six shots can be heard, followed by a pause, then several more. A private autopsy performed on Aug. 17 at the request of Brown's family found that the 18-year-old was shot 6 times, including twice in the head.

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