CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County’s ‘State of Emergency’ will remain in effect for at least one more day.
The declaration was put into place after violent night of protests in Ferguson on the anniversary of the shooting of Mike Brown. The decision was made on Monday. Demonstrations have been relatively calm during the following nights.
Saint Louis County Police remain in charge of any protest activity in the Ferguson area through at least Friday. Steve Stenger declined to lift his state of emergency order. “I think we are moving in the right direction,” Stenger said noting there were 26 arrest in the Ferguson area Monday night and none Tuesday night.
County Executive Steve Stenger has received criticism about the declaration. Some are saying he made the decision too soon. Stenger says that the events on Sunday night made the declaration necessary.
Shots rang out at around 11pm on Sunday after a peaceful march on West Florissant in Ferguson. An officer involved shooting left a suspect in critical condition. Police say Tyrone Harris shot at plain clothed officers sitting in an unmarked car. They returned fire. The suspect’s father says he is expected to survive.
Saint Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said, “let’s not put ourselves under any sort of a timetable; let’s accomplish what we need to do.” He is willing to extend the order to be sure calm prevails.
Tuesday, the St. Louis County police released surveillance video from Sunday’s protest in Ferguson. They say that a man with a gun in the video is Tyrone Harris.
Demonstrators peacefully gathered outside the Justice Center in Clayton to protest the arrests of Brittany Ferrell, 26, and Alexis Templeton, 21, who participated in the Monday protest that temporarily shut down Interstate 70. Both been charged with trespassing and disturbing the peace. Ferrell is also facing property damage charges. Templeton also faces assault charges.