St. Louis County 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, Missouri, teen Michael Brown.
The move was announced by 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, about 30 protesters spread across all 10 lanes of an interstate that runs through Ferguson.
Can we look forward to this every year?
I hate to point this out, but race riots aren’t a new thing. They’ve been happening for a long time. It hasn’t accomplished anything positive. Ever. Try something new.
To the businesses in Ferguson… time to move out. There are plenty of states and towns that would love to have you and won’t burn your business to the ground. Especially in defense of someone who committed a crime and was killed in the attempt at another.