Good morning all - we're back. We'll bring you what we know when we know it along with updates from around the community. Thank you for joining us here.
From our Rachel Lippmann as of an hour ago:
The situation in Ferguson has settled down following a night of destruction. There is no more systematic looting, but small groups are still casing stores, according to St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman. "When it happened, it happened very quickly." Around 300 officers were involved in the response as the violence spread quickly into nearby communities including Jennings and possibly Dellwood. It could turn out to be one of the most violent nights in recent St. Louis history. "I've been a policeman for 12 years, all with the St. Louis County Police Department. I haven't seen anything remotely close," said Schellman.
Folks, we're going to take a few hours to sleep here on the live blog. Tweets from our Rachel Lippmann and Alderman Antonio French may still flow in. We've set up our live blog to do this on auto-pilot, so, if by chance you see something unrelated in the interim, we apologize.
We'll pick it up in a few hours and we'll have a full discussion at noon on St. Louis on the Air. Thank you for joining us through this developing story. We appreciate your attention, thoughts and trust in us.
- Kelsey Proud, Engagement Editor