Ferguson ends state of emergency

Updated

St. Louis County officials announced that Ferguson, Missouri, is no longer under a state of emergency as of Friday morning.

“After reviewing the events of the past four evenings, under the state of emergency, I am pleased to report our law enforcement officers have established order while preventing further acts of violence in Ferguson,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said in a statement on Friday. 

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Officials declared the initial state of emergency on Monday, after gunfire was exchanged late Sunday during protests marking one year since the death of Michael Brown Jr., an unarmed black teen who was shot and killed an a white police officer. After the arrests of dozens of protesters on Monday, demonstrations during the week have remained peaceful. 

Stenger extended the status for 24 hours on Thursday night, but issued a second executive order ending the state of emergency on Friday.

“I want to emphasize local law enforcement will remain vigilant, and officers are prepared to respond swiftly if necessary,” Stenger said. “I commend the professionalism of our St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, our police department, and the outstanding work done by all officers involved in protecting life, property and peace.”  

Ferguson and Missouri

Ferguson ends state of emergency

Updated