FERGUSON, Mo. (KFTK) - Violence broke out Saturday night in Ferguson as protesters angered by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis defy a midnight curfew and an order to disperse.
St. Louis County Police say seven officers were injured when they were hit by rocks, bottles and fireworks in the 200 block of South Florissant Road. Three of the officers were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The other four were treated at the scene.
The Ferguson Police department building was damaged and evacuated after a peaceful protest during the day on came to a screeching halt around 10:30 Saturday night. Agitators physically confronted police on the police department lot, took bats and smashed out the windows and shot fireworks directly at police.
Eleven police and fire vehicles were damaged and well as a number of area businesses which rioters tried to loot. Beauty World on South Florissant Road was set on fire.
Police also say there were reports of gunshots in the area.
Police used tear gas several times and eventually were able to disperse the crowd early Sunday morning.
It was a much different mood earlier in the day in Ferguson. Ferguson police officers joined protestors at the police station to honor George Floyd by kneeling for nine and a half minutes.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson declared a State of Emergency after violence breaks out in Missouri. Parson said in the order released on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. that citizens have the right to peacefully assemble and protest but a small element has seized on these peaceful demonstrations to commit violent acts that endanger the lives of citizens and bring destruction to our communities.
Parson says the violence not only threatens public safety and destroys economic opportunity, but also drowns out the voices of peaceful demonstrators calling for justice and working to improve our nation.