Security surrounding ongoing protests in Ferguson will be turned over to the St. Louis County Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in the wake of Thursday morning’s shooting of two police officers.
Their handling of protest security will continue until further notice, according to a statement made by the St. Louis County Police. Regular policing duties will continue to be handled by the Ferguson Police Department.
— STL Public Radio (@stlpublicradio) March 12, 2015
About 150 protesters had gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday night following the resignation of police chief Thomas Jackson. As the protest began to dwindle after midnight, two police officers were shot in what officials called “an ambush.”
Though the two officers were soon released from the hospital, the shooting triggered widespread condemnation ranging from the parents of Michael Brown to President Obama.
Violence against police is unacceptable. Our prayers are with the officers in MO. Path to justice is one all of us must travel together. –bo
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 12, 2015
Authorities searched a home Ferguson in connection to the shooting, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Authorities say three people are being questioned but no arrests have been made.