Looters broke into the Ferguson store of a man who refused to board his shop windows on Monday, after he declared that “good will would prevail.”
Following the August 9 police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, looters broke into STL Cordless during protests against police brutality. Last week, store owner Sonny Dayan said he didn’t believe it would happen again.
“I’ve got so much support and so much faith in the good of Ferguson that I’m not going to give up just because there’s some criminal elements,” Dayan said. “We created awareness that wasn’t here into our neighborhood before, and now it’s nationwide.”
Despite Dayan’s belief in good will, the store was broken into once again after a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer. According to bystanders, police simply stood by and watched as the store was looted, though Dayan said police had promised to “root” that kind of violence out.
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Dayan noted that many of his customers have thanked him for remaining open during the Ferguson trials. The Israel-born shopkeeper, who has been open in Ferguson for more than 18 years, said he is determined to “pick up the pieces” and reopen again.
On Monday, Ferguson Market & Liquor as well as a local McDonald’s were broken into.
In August, the Washington Post reported that a number of groups traveled to the St. Louis suburb to loot without consequence while the area was in chaos. It’s unclear how the dynamic and intentions of such groups have changed since August.