St. Louis County declared state of emergency to arm Ferguson against the violence

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger declared a state of emergency effective early this afternoon following Sunday night’s incidents during memorials for the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. “St. Louis County Police Chief (Jon) Belmar shall exercise all powers and duties necessary to preserve order, prevent crimes, and protect the life and property of our citizens,”¬†Stenger said in a statement.

“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,” Stenger said. “The time and investment in Ferguson and Dellwood will not be destroyed by a few that wish to violate the rights of others.”

The unrest started about 11:15 p.m. Sunday when police shot and critically wounded a suspect who had fired at officers in the 9200 block of West Florissant Avenue. Businesses on West Florissant also reported cases of vandalism and theft.

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