Ferguson, Mo Declared "State of Emergency"



I’m all for protesting and having your voices bein heard & this should of been organized better.  If I was putting together an event of this magnitude and importance.  I’d of had volunteers to sign people in and pass out some type of shirt or logo to say there registered and known  to be with us. 

The reason I say that is because you want the people you know who’re marching with you and helping you get the message you want across, which from what I understood Mike Browns Father said earlier that day “A Peaceful Protest”. 

You couldn’t walk with me without that being clear with everyone who showed up.   I would want something that I could say in the aftermath of anything of that nature, that they were not registered protesters with us.  They were an outside agitator that caused all the distress. 

Why would you thwart positive efforts showing up and out with a gun by shooting.  What was your motive? I cant wait  to hear what these young men have to say .  There’s so many questions.  Now there is a State of Emergency and understandably so, you put innocent bystander’s, protesters and officer’s in danger with you silly antics.

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Ben Kesling and Dan Frosch

FERGUSON, Mo.—County officials in this St. Louis suburb declared a state of emergency Monday after a man was critically wounded in a shootout with police late Sunday, authorities said, marring what had been a peaceful day of protests and marches in a city that has become synonymous with strained relations between police and minorities.

The violence followed events marking the first anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old fatally shot by a white Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, during a confrontation.

“The recent acts of violence will not be tolerated in a community that has worked so tirelessly over the past year to rebuild and become stronger,” said St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger in a statement declaring the emergency. He said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar is in control of local emergency-response management. Mr. Stenger, in an interview with local media, said he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a curfew.

Separately, more than 50 people were arrested Monday afternoon for trespassing after crossing a barricade outside the federal courthouse in downtown St. Louis, a city spokeswoman said. The activists, including civil-rights leader Cornel West, were participating in a day of civil disobedience to mark the anniversary of Mr. Brown’s death.

In nearby Clayton, Mo., protesters marched through the streets as the sun started to go down. Brian Brown, no relation to Michael Brown, joined them, holding a bright pink sign that said “Black Lives Matter”—unbeknown to his parents, who worry that the young black man could be injured.

“I’m making my voice be heard about this issue,” said the 22-year-old recent graduate of Brown University, who lives in the area. “It’s going to take a lot of voices and it’s going to take a lot of protesting.”

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