- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has extended the state of emergency in Ferguson and the surrounding area for at least one more day.

A spokesman for Stenger said Thursday that the decision was made after consulting with St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.

Protests were rowdy and at times violent Sunday and Monday on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, prompting Stenger to declare the state of emergency that put Belmar, instead of Ferguson police, in charge of security.

Things have calmed down significantly over the past two nights, with much smaller crowds, no arrests and few confrontations.

The latest protests followed the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. Brown was fatally shot by a Ferguson officer on Aug. 9, 2014.

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