The Latest on Ferguson: Father expects Harris to survive
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The latest in the events surrounding the anniversary of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri (all times local):
St. Louis County’s top executive says he will keep a state of emergency involving Ferguson in place for at least another day, calling it “prudent.”
Steve Stenger said Wednesday that the emergency declaration he put in place Monday will stay in effect for at least 24 more hours.
The move authorized county Police Chief Jon Belmar to take control of police emergency management in and around Ferguson. It came a day after a black 18-year-old near Ferguson protests was shot and critically injured Sunday night by four officers who police say returned fire.
Stenger said law enforcers on Monday and Tuesday nights established order and prevented violence during Ferguson protests linked to the one-year anniversary of the police shooting death of Michael Brown.
The father of a black 18-year-old who was shot by plainclothes police officers in Ferguson during protests to mark the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death says he expects his son to survive.
Tyrone Harris Sr. told The Associated Press Wednesday that the family’s lawyer has advised him to not discuss the Sunday night shooting that left Tyrone Harris Jr. in critical condition.
Harris declined to identify the attorney. His son was charged Monday with 10 felonies.
St. Louis County police say four officers opened fire on the younger Harris after he opened fire on their unmarked van on West Florissant Avenue. The street has been the hub of demonstrations marking Brown’s Aug. 9, 2014, shooting death by a white Ferguson police officer.
Activists are continuing their legal push for an independent probe of a prosecutor’s handling of grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown.
Online court records show that the four activists are appealing a judge’s ruling last month that tossed out their lawsuit seeking a special prosecutor to review St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s handling of the process.
A grand jury last November declined to indict white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Brown, who was black and unarmed.
Protesters have in recent days been marking the anniversary of Brown’s death on Aug. 9, 2014, by taking to a Ferguson thoroughfare near where he was killed.
The activists’ appeal has been filed with the Missouri Court of Appeals.
Only a few dozen people out of a crowd that once numbered around 100 still remain along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson.
Protesters and police stood on opposite sides of the street just after midnight Tuesday, chatting and milling around.
St. Louis County Police Sgt. Brian Schellman says officers made no arrests during the protest.
During a demonstration a night earlier, some protesters threw rocks and frozen water bottles at officers. Schellman says there were no similar incidents Tuesday.
Tuesday was the fifth consecutive night of protests marking the anniversary of 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death in the St. Louis suburb.