A state of emergency was declared in St. Louis County Monday in light of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri one year after a Ferguson police officer killed teen Michael Brown. Steve Stenger, St. Louis County Executive, made the announcement as the city prepares for a second night of protests.
Stenger said in a statement that the violence resulting from Sunday’s protests “will not be tolerated.” He called the community one that “has worked so tirelessly over the last year to rebuild and become stronger,” NBC News reports. He added that “the time and investment in Ferguson and Dellwood will not be destroyed by a few that wish to violate the rights of others.”
Stenger also said that Police Chief Jon Belmar will have the power to “exercise all powers and duties necessary to preserve order, prevent crimes, and protect the life and property of our citizens,” Fox News reports.
The news of the state of emergency comes just after violence flared up in Ferguson, including a shooting involving police that left a suspect in critical condition. Three officers from the St. Louis County Police Department were also injured overnight, according to ABC News.
ABC also reported that two teenagers were shot and hospitalized Monday morning while walking on a sidewalk near the Michael Brown memorial. Neither of their injuries were life-threatening.
Officers have also arrested non-violent protesters outside of the federal courthouse in St. Louis following a march through downtown Ferguson. Protesters were shouting “If we don’t get no justice, then they don’t get no peace.” Other protesters sat on the courthouse steps, arms locked, chanting “this is what democracy looks like,” NBC reports.
Sunday night’s violence occurred on the anniversary of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Unarmed Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2104. A grand jury did not indict Wilson, and the incident sparked the “Black Lives Matter” movement across America.