Riots Against Police In Missouri Town Continue To Escalate

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Protests and lootings continue to take place in the Ferguson, Missouri community in the wake of the Michael Brown’s death.

Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a Ferguson Police Department officer on Saturday evening. He was unarmed at the time. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the shooting happened after Brown and his friend Dorin Johnson tried to take the officer’s weapon. Both Johnson and a witness to the incident dispute that narrative, and say the shooting happened after a verbal altercation between the two teenagers and the officer.

Belmar and the witnesses agree that Brown was running away from the officer when he was gunned down. In the nearly two days since the shooting, hundreds of protestors have taken the streets of Ferguson with cries of police brutality and excessive force. Local stations KSDK and KTVI report that the protests have been unruly at times and nearly 20 stores have been looted since Saturday.

Photos by KSDK show numerous shops with smashed windows and missing merchandise. One auto store reports thousands of dollars in missing tires and rims. This photo shows the convenience store Quiktrip nearly burned to the ground:

KTVI found that in addition to lootings, protestors are leaving behind troubling messages on public property, such as this one:

Yesterday, Missouri senator Claire McCaskill issued the following statement to the residents of Ferguson:

"As a mother, I grieve for this child and his family. I pray that the wonderful, hardworking, and God-loving people of Ferguson will find peace and patience as we wait for the results of what will be numerous and thorough investigations of what happened. I, like so many other Missourians, will not be satisfied until we have a complete and transparent understanding of all the facts and circumstances that led to this young man's death."

Sources: KDSK, KTVI