Activists Cornel West, DeRay McKesson, Johnetta Elzie Arrested in Ferguson

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Protesters prepare to march in downtown St. Louis on August 10. Rick Wilking/Reuters

Updated Following a night when two people were shot in Ferguson, Missouri, a state of emergency was issued in St. Louis County on Monday even as protesters were being arrested on the steps of the federal courthouse there.

The philosopher Cornel West was among those arrested, as were prominent Black Lives Matter protesters DeRay McKesson and Johnetta Elzie, according to reports. The Reverends Renita Lamkin and Osagyefo Sekou were also reportedly arrested. Rev. Lamkin, an African Methodist Episcopal church pastor, and Rev. Sekou, a pastor from the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, have been prominent figures in protests in Ferguson since Michael Brown was shot by police officer Darren Wilson last August.

McKesson tweeted that he had been released and gave details about his arrest. "I measured the cell with my feet: 15 of my feet long, 10 of my feet wide. And it was clean, for what it's worth," he wrote. Elzie too later tweeted that she had been released but it was unclear if she was charged with any crimes.

Both @deray and @Nettaaaaaaaa have been arrested. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/KX6LhimCiy

— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 10, 2015

Have seen Cornel West, @deray, Rev Sekou, Rev Renita Lamkin and loads more arrested at federal courthouse in STL

— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 10, 2015

About 50 people had been arrested as of 4 p.m. Monday, according to Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly. A legal observer from the National Lawyers Guild and several members of the local clergy were also arrested, The Guardian reports.

The problem is that they only have two fingerprint machines, and around 50 people were arrested. So this could take awhile.

— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 10, 2015

Should be noted peaceful protesters at fed courthouse in downtown St Louis are being arrested by officers from the Dept of Homeland Security

— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) August 10, 2015