CLAYTON, MO – Several people were shot in Ferguson Sunday night after a peaceful march to mark the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. Two people were shot in a drive-by shooting and one opened fire on police officers. Police returned fire, critically injuring the suspect. Now, St. Louis County officials are declaring a State of Emergency.
Organizers are calling today “Moral Monday.” It is a day of planned civil disobedience. They have more events planned for the remainder of the day. In the past the day of civil disobedience has included blocking highways and shutting down big businesses across St. Louis County.
So far the protests have been peaceful. But there have been several arrests after marchers broke a police barricade at the Thomas Eagleton Federal Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has issued the following statement:
“In light of last night’s violence and unrest in the City of Ferguson, and the potential for harm to persons and property, I am exercising my authority as county executive to issue a state of emergency, effective immediately.
The recent acts of violence will not be tolerated in a community that has worked so tirelessly over the last year to rebuild and become stronger. The time and investment in Ferguson and Dellwood will not be destroyed by a few that wish to violate the rights of others.
I commend the St. Louis County Police Department, the Missouri Highway Patrol, and other local agencies for their professional response as they work daily in the service of law, order, and peace.
Pursuant to my executive order, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar shall immediately take over the operation of police emergency management in the City of Ferguson and surrounding areas.
Chief Belmar shall exercise all powers and duties necessary to preserve order, prevent crimes, and protect the life and property of our citizens.”