PHOENIX — Former Missouri Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. was arrested Sunday at a protest in Phoenix, according to several local media reports and Franks' social media pages.
Franks was one of eight people arrested at the protest to commemorate Michael Brown, killed six years ago Sunday by a Ferguson police officer.
A St. Louis native, Franks rose to prominence during 2014 protests in Ferguson. He was elected in 2016 to Missouri's 78th House District, which includes downtown St. Louis, most of the near north side and parts of the city's south side.
According to local media reports, Franks and several others were arrested Sunday after protesters down a barrier in front of the city's police station. Franks organized the protest.
In May 2019, when he announced he was resigning from the Missouri House, Franks also said he was moving away from St. Louis, though he maintains a presence in the city.
Franks starred in an Academy Award-nominated documentary released earlier this year titled "St. Louis Superman."
Last night’s arrests were the most made at a Phx protest since they began in May. After he was released from jail this morning, Ferguson activist and former St. Louis rep. @brucefranksjr told me, “We move together, that’s what we signed up for.” @azcentral https://t.co/l8OQSvSn8Q— emily wilder (@vv1lder) August 11, 2020
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