As prominent Black Lives Matter activists, including DeRay McKesson, Johnetta Elzie, and Cornel West, were being arrested outside the St. Louis federal courthouse, the executive of St. Louis County declared an emergency in Ferguson. The St. Louis County police department, who last night exchanged gunfire with and wounded an alleged gunman, will now take over all policing in Ferguson.
The announcement came just minutes after McKeesson, West, Elzie, and dozens of others were arrested outside the St Louis’s federal courthouse, where protestors have gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death.
Have seen Cornel West, @deray, Rev Sekou, Rev Renita Lamkin and loads more arrested at federal courthouse in STLAugust 10, 2015
Cornel West just got arrested together with around 40 other activists BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/lkMwHkgEZEAugust 10, 2015
Legal observer from Nat Lawyers Guild being arrested in downtown STL pic.twitter.com/WGSlIxE40gAugust 10, 2015
UPDATE 4:04 pm: Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly reports that McKeesson and Elzie will likely be released sometime this afternoon. Both will reportedly receive summons for federal misdemeanor trespassing charges.