• June 13, 2024

[PHOTOS] Ferguson Is In A State of Emergency AGAIN, Police Are Shot At And Shops Looted

Ferguson was put under a state of emergency yet again today after commemorations of the anniversary of Michael Brown being shot dead by a police officer descended into violence. St Louis County executive Steve Stenger declared a state of emergency following the renewed violence in Ferguson.

Stenger said in a statement that his decision was because of the ‘criminal unrest’ and ‘attacks on businesses and law enforcement’ that had put public safety at risk. One teenager is in a critical condition in the hospital after being shot by officers after he allegedly opened fire on an unmarked police SUV. And a store in West Florissant, Ferguson, was looted by youths  The measure means that St Louis County will now take over the policing of the protests from the Ferguson Police Department. It puts the St Louis suburb back in the same position it was in in November when Missouri governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency ahead of the grand jury decision not to indict former Ferguson officer Daren Wilson, who shot Brown.

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On Monday, dozens of people including activist and philosopher Cornel West were arrested as they protested outside the Federal Courthouse in St Louis. But the main fear of further protest was because of a friend of Michael Brown being in a ‘critical, unstable condition’ after being shot by police when he used a stolen handgun to fire on officers during a protest to mark the one-year anniversary of the 18-year-old’s controversial death.
In a statement Stenger said:

‘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 [the neighboring city of] Dellwood will not be destroyed by a few that wish to violate the rights of other’s.

The shooting started to unfold late last night, police said.  St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that plainclothes officers were tracking the man at around 11:15 p.m., while several hundred people gathered on West Florissant Street to take part in the demonstration. He added that the man approached the officers, who were in an unmarked police car and opened fire. The officers returned fire from inside the vehicle. They then pursued the man on foot. The chief said the man again fired on the officers and all four fired back.

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The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Tyrone Harris Junior by his father, who revealed that his son was a ‘real close’ school friend of the late Michael Brown. ‘We think there’s a lot more to this than what’s being said,’ Harris Senior was quoted as saying in local media reports. Footage shot by protester Tony Rice, who was live-tweeting near a McDonald’s under the Twitter name @search4swag, showed a black man lying face down on the floor with his hands cuffed behind his back and a large blood stain on his torso.

Two police officers can be seen standing over him with their guns drawn but do not assist him.
Rice, who was arrested for filming the footage, can be heard saying to the officers repeatedly:

‘Please give him some help! He’s bleeding out man, please give him some help.’

Read more at Daily Mail 

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