Photos: Cornel West and other protesters are arrested as Ferguson enters a state of emergency by Svati Kirsten Narula

Police arrested several protesters last night in Ferguson, Missouri during demonstrations to mark the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. Brown was the unarmed black teenager fatally shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014, in an incident that brought long-standing racial tensions to a head throughout the United States and helped launch the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

The protests in Ferguson and surrounding St. Louis County this week have not been as chaotic or violent as the riots that erupted at this time last year, but isolated scuffles and an exchange of gunfire on Aug. 8—in which an 18 year-old was critically wounded by police—set people on edge and prompted county officials to declare a state of emergency yesterday.

High-profile activists including Cornel West, DeRay McKesson, and Johnetta Elzie were among the dozens arrested in St. Louis during the afternoon. Elzie went on the record before her arrest to assure the public that she is not suicidal—a nod to the controversial death of Sandra Bland.

If I’m arrested today please know I’m not suicidal. I have plenty to live for. I did not resist, I’m just black.

— ShordeeDooWhop (@Nettaaaaaaaa) August 10, 2015

Between 10pm and 1 am in Ferguson, roughly two dozen people were arrested for not complying with police orders to move out of the street:

St Louis County police officers arrest an anti-police demonstrator in Ferguson, Missouri August 11, 2015. Police in riot gear clashed with protesters who had gathered in the streets of Ferguson early on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the police shooting of an unarmed black teen whose death sparked a national outcry over race relations. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  - RTX1NUFK

Police take a mug shot of a protester who was detained in Ferguson, Missouri, August 10, 2015.  Protesters regrouped in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday evening after a state of emergency was declared, aimed at preventing a repeat of violence the night before on the anniversary of the police shooting of unarmed black man Michael Brown. REUTERS/Rick Wilking TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1NTYQ

Police detain a protester in Ferguson, Missouri, August 10, 2015.  Protesters regrouped in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday evening after a state of emergency was declared, aimed at preventing a repeat of violence the night before on the anniversary of the police shooting of unarmed black man Michael Brown. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX1NTZ7

St Louis County police officers hold an anti-police demonstrator in Ferguson, Missouri

Police hold a protester who was detained in Ferguson

Two anti-police demonstrators walk away from a line of St Louis County police officers during protests in Ferguson, Missouri

Elsewhere in St. Louis County, earlier in the day:

Young protester marches in downtown St. Louis

Officers the St Louis County Police Department process demonstrators from the

Officers from the St Louis County Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol process demonstrators in Earth City

Cornel West, Renita Lamkin, Tory Wilson

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