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.

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.

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