State of Emergency has been declared in St. Louis County Monday in the wake of brutal violence that happened in Ferguson the previous day. Ferguson teen, Tyrone Harris is charged with shooting at police officers. The 18 year old is accused of first-degree assault on police officers, armed criminal action and shooting at a motor vehicle. Harris did sustain some injuries and remains hospitalized.
St. Louis County executive Steve Stenger stated, “In light of last night’s violence and unrest in the city of Ferguson, and the potential for harm to persons and property, I am exercising my authority as county executive to issue a state of emergency, effective immediately.”
The shooting happened Sunday night after a long day of peaceful protests recognizing the first anniversary of the police shooting of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. During the lighter part of the day a crowd of about 300 people calmly came together observing four and half minutes of silence then releasing two white doves that symbolized of the four and half hours Brown’s body laid face down on the residential street where he was shot.
Then suddenly protesters grew weary and became unruly during the evening. Two businesses around the corner from where Brown fatally fell were looted a few hours before the shooting. The gunfire began after four detectives dressed plain clothes came under fire in a van. Although a video surfaced of a black man lying face down in handcuffs while heavily bleeding, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar declined to mentioned the race of the detectives in the incident.
This appalling incident adds to the list of violence and outrage committed over police brutality and the killings of African Americans in the United States. It’s tremendously unfortunate that a time that was meant to help Ferguson find peace and healing has turned into another untamed cry for help yet again.