Approximately 23 arrests were made in Ferguson, Missouri, Monday night as tensions continued to flare in the St. Louis suburb following the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death.
For the second continuous night, black lives matter protesters flooded the streets in protest of perceived racial injustice and police abuse.
Officers and protesters face off along West Florissant Avenue, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson was a community on edge again Monday, a day after a protest marking the anniversary of Michael Brown's death was punctuated with gunshots. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
.@stlcountypd arrest people in #Ferguson. http://t.co/Gd6MSo7GJi— Robert Cohen (@Robert Cohen)1439263819.0
Tonight in #Ferguson. http://t.co/ODKHdcNADr— Robert Cohen (@Robert Cohen)1439264762.0
As demonstrations continued deeper into the night, the St. Louis County Police Department said unruly protesters became violent and began hurling objects at officers.
Rocks, bottles being thrown at officers staged in front of businesses in the 9200 block of W.Florissant. Officers now putting on helmets.— St. Louis County PD (@St. Louis County PD)1439260674.0
Unruly crowd is throwing frozen water bottles at officers. Those who choose to act violently will be arrested.— St. Louis County PD (@St. Louis County PD)1439262651.0
Eventually, the protest was declared an unlawful assembly and officers issued dispersal orders warning that those who failed to comply would be subject to arrest.
(1/2) Safety, our top priority, is now compromised. This is no longer a peaceful protest. Participants are now unlawfully assembled.— St. Louis County PD (@St. Louis County PD)1439262750.0
Multiple verbal commands given up to this point; please follow the commands of the police department or you will be subject to arrest.— St. Louis County PD (@St. Louis County PD)1439262796.0
Shortly after midnight, the arrest total stood at nine, police said. That total later increased to "approximately 23."
This story has been updated with new information.
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