Ferguson Michael Brown Demonstrations Cause State of Emergency in St. Louis County

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World News – St. Louis authorities declared a state of emergency Monday as they prepared for a second night of protests marking a year since a police officer killed Ferguson teen Michael Brown.

The move was announced by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, who cited the violence that marred protests Sunday night in Ferguson.

“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,” Stenger said in a statement.

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced criminal charges against a man authorities say exchanged gunfire with police officers Sunday night. Tyrone Harris, 18, who remained hospitalized in critical condition, was charged with four counts of assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action, and one count of shooting at a motor vehicle.

As authorities girded for another tumultuous night, police arrested non-violent protesters outside the federal courthouse in St. Louis following a noontime march through the city’s downtown.

The demonstrators arrived at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse a half-hour after setting out from Christ Church Cathedral, pounding drums and shouting, “If we don’t get no justice, then they don’t get no peace.”

At the courthouse steps, … continue reading

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