#Ferguson: St. Louis County Declares State Of Emergency

#Ferguson: St. Louis County Declares State Of Emergency

#Ferguson: St. Louis County Declares State Of Emergency

The events last night in Ferguson, Missouri certainly hasn’t stopped Cornel West and all his protestor buddies from continuing with their inflammatory rhetoric. They declared today to be Moral Monday and marched downtown to the courthouse. While there, due to the protestors crossing the police barriers, many were arrested.

There are more events on tap from the protestors for the rest of the day and evening. In the past, their ideas of “civil disobedience” have included shutting down highways and blocking entrances into major businesses across the area.

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Keeping that in mind, and with the violence of last year still fresh in everyone’s memory; is it any wonder that St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger declared a State of Emergency this afternoon?

“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 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 Dellwood will not be destroyed by a few that wish to violate the rights of others.

I commend the St. Louis County Police Department, the Missouri Highway Patrol, and other local agencies for their professional response as they work daily in the service of law, order, and peace.
Pursuant to my executive order, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar shall immediately take over the operation of police emergency management in the City of Ferguson and surrounding areas.

Chief Belmar shall exercise all powers and duties necessary to preserve order, prevent crimes, and protect the life and property of our citizens.”

You know, I don’t blame St Louis one bit for doing so. Below are a few photos depicting what happened last year.

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FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 24:  A police officer runs by a burning police car during a demonstration on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. A St. Louis County grand jury has decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown that sparked riots in Ferguson, Missouri in August.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO – NOVEMBER 24: A police officer runs by a burning police car during a demonstration on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. A St. Louis County grand jury has decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown that sparked riots in Ferguson, Missouri in August. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

No one, least of all many of the citizens of Ferguson and St. Louis want to see the violence of last year come back to life again in their communities. Especially since many business owners, understandably angry about the situation, had to clean up the damages from the Sunday night protests.

“It’s stressful. It’s so frustrating,” said Dellena Jones, whose hair salon on West Florissant Avenue was ransacked. She had only recently begun to recover from damage suffered during looting that followed Brown’s death a year ago.

Last year, her young children were inside the salon when rocks and other objects came crashing through the windows, an experience that traumatized them. Jones said she had been crying all morning, trying to figure out how to reopen.

“I’ve been trying to keep going for my children,” Jones said. “So… failure is not an option.”

Meanwhile, Tyrone Harris Jr, faces some pretty major criminal charges should he recover from his wounds.

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on Monday announced criminal charges against the men authorities say opened fire on the 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 discharging or shooting a firearm at a motor vehicle.

Once again, a city that has been working to recover and move forward is on edge because of the lawless choices of a few.

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  • Appalled By The World says:

    These “people” STILL don’t have jobs a year later? I guess they are seasonally employed-once a year they loot and pillage as a form of “social justice”.

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