State Of Emergency Issued In St. Louis County

Monday, August 10th 2015, 3:25 pm
By: News On 6

After a weekend of protests, unrest and violence in Ferguson, including an officer-involved shooting on Sunday, the St. Louis County Executive has issued a state of emergency in St. Louis County.

Police detained several protesters in St. Louis at a planned rally in front of the courthouse on Monday to mark the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., one year ago. Small group of protestors remained in front of the courthouse Monday afternoon after others were detained.

The St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said in a statement that in light of Sunday night's violence and unrest in Ferguson, and the potential for harm to persons and property a state of emergency was being declared 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," he said in the statement. " The time and investment in Ferguson and Dellwood will not be destroyed by a few that wish to violate the rights of others."

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In the statement Stenger said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar shall immediately take over the operation of police emergency management in Ferguson and the surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, Prosecutors filed 10 counts against Tyrone Harris, the 18-year-old black suspect who was critically wounded after being shot by police Sunday night in Ferguson on Monday afternoon.

At the height of what was already a rowdy protest in which rocks and bottles were thrown at officers, gunshots rang out from the area near a strip of stores, including some that had been looted. St. Louis County Chief Jon Belmar believes the shots came from about six different shooters. What prompted the shooting wasn't clear, but Belmar said the groups had been feuding.