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Protest Turns To Looting, Vandalism In Missouri

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“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#1 Aug 11, 2014
Protest over black Missouri teenager's shooting by police turns to looting, vandalism
Published August 11, 2014

What began as a peaceful protest of the shooting of an 18-year-old unarmed black man by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb turned into what the town's mayor called a "huge mess" as several businesses were looted and cars were vandalized.

A candlelight vigil was held Sunday evening in Ferguson, Mo. for Michael Brown, whom witnesses and authorities said was shot several times by an officer who had scuffled with the teen and another person.

Afterward, some people looted a convenience store. Several other stores along a main road near the shooting scene were broken into and looted, including a check-cashing store, a boutique and a small grocery store.

People were seen carrying bags of food and toilet paper. TV footage showed streams of people walking out of a liquor store carrying bottles of alcohol, and in some cases protesters were standing atop police cars or taunting officers who stood stoic, often in riot gear.

Other witnesses reported seeing people vandalize police cars and kick in windows. Television footage showed windows busted out of a TV station van.

"Right now, the small group of people are creating a huge mess," Ferguson's mayor, James Knowles, told KTVI-TV. "Contributing to the unrest that is going on is not going to help.... We're only hurting ourselves, only hurting our community, hurting our neighbors. There's nothing productive from this."

As the investigation of Brown's death progresses, "we understand people want to vent their frustrations. We understand they want to speak out," Knowles added. "We're going to obviously try to urge calm."

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said there were no reports of injuries but confirmed widespread property damage. "Right now I'm just worried about people, not property," he said.

Pat Washington, a spokeswoman for Dooley, said later that there was one instance she knew of in which tear gas was used. There were scattered media reports of gunfire but authorities did not immediately confirm any.

Earlier in the day, a few hundred protesters had gathered outside Ferguson Police headquarters. At one point, many of them marched into an adjacent police building, some chanting "Don't shoot me" while holding their hands in the air. Officers stood at the top of a staircase, but didn't use force; the crowd eventually left.

County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the shooting occurred after an officer encountered two people -- one of whom was Brown -- on the street near an apartment complex in Ferguson.

Belmar said one of the men pushed the officer back into his squad car and a struggle began. Belmar said at least one shot was fired from the officer's gun inside the police car. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said authorities were still sorting out what happened inside the police car. It was not clear if Brown was the man who struggled with the officer.

The struggle spilled out into the street, where Brown was shot multiple times. Belmar said the exact number of shots wasn't known, but "it was more than just a couple." He also said all shell casings found at the scene matched the officer's gun. Police are still investigating why the officer shot Brown, who police have confirmed was unarmed.

Jackson said the second person has not been arrested or charged. Authorities aren't sure if that person was unarmed, Jackson said.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told KSDK-TV there's no apparent video footage of the shooting from a nearby apartment complex, or from any police cruiser dashboard cameras or body-worn cameras that the department recently bought but hasn't yet put in use.

Jackson said blood samples have been taken from Brown and the officer who shot him, with those toxicology tests generally expected to take weeks to complete.


“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#2 Aug 11, 2014
Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, said he had graduated from high school and was about to enter a local college. She said she doesn't understand why police didn't subdue her son with a club or Taser, and she said the officer involved should be fired and prosecuted.

"I would like to see him go to jail with the death penalty," she said, fighting back tears.

The killing drew criticism from some civil rights leaders, who referred to the 2012 racially charged shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a Florida neighborhood watch organizer who was acquitted of murder charges.

"We're outraged because yet again a young African-American man has been killed by law enforcement," said John Gaskin, who serves on both the St. Louis County and national boards of directors for the NAACP.

The Rev. Al Sharpton called the shooting "very disturbing" and said he planned to go to Ferguson to meet with the family.

St. Louis County Police Department is in charge of the investigation, and Dooley said he will request an FBI investigation. The U.S. Justice Department said Attorney General Eric Holder had instructed staff to monitor developments.

The race of the officer involved in the shooting has not been disclosed. He has been with the Ferguson Police Department for six years, Belmar said, and has been placed on paid administrative leave.
yeah baby yeah

Columbus, OH

#4 Aug 11, 2014
This wasn't a protest that turned violent. This was was a congealing of black "courage."
Wait till dark. Amass sufficient numbers. Rampage, pillage, loot, and riot. This is content of character writ large.

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#6 Aug 11, 2014
Obama kids?
Duke for Mayor

Brecksville, OH

#8 Aug 11, 2014
Oliver Canterberry wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, in a sense it is.
Obama supporters.
Think of the carrot and the stick. The State supplies both to Blacks, carrot in the form of food stamps, Section 8, HUD, all the free school lunches and the police represent the stick.
Obama supporters love the carrot (government cheese).
Obama supporters hate the stick (symbol of police).
They cannot kill a Spook

Toledo, OH

#9 Aug 11, 2014
Zoe Regen wrote:
Obama kids?
Maybe from the same tribe.

Detroit, MI

#11 Aug 14, 2014

Detroit, MI

#13 Aug 16, 2014
Oliver Canterberry wrote:
<quoted text>
Indeed it is, reminds me a little of the Rwanda Genocide in 1994 that got out of control.
If police don't apply sufficient brute force this could turn into another Rodney King fiasco.
BTW, where is George Jefferson / aka Kramer's Attorney these days? Haven't seen him on the forum forever.
I think he got tired of getting booted all the time. Topix really knows how to crap on their power users.
Neutral Party

Prospect, KY

#14 Aug 16, 2014
Now the truth comes out. The deceased 18 year old is on video assaulting the store clerk and leaving without paying after taking merchandise.

When police confront the teen there is a struggle and he is killed.

The DOJ needs to get the hell out of there. Holder can't play his race card there.

Maybe he can devote some investigative resources at the VA, IRS or Benghazi cover ups.
Neutral Party

Prospect, KY

#16 Aug 16, 2014
No arrests despite looting, assaults and vandalism. Businesses are defenseless and will likely close or move out of the area.

And because the residents are tearing up the place they also call home, these same people will demand the taxpayer fund the rebuilding.

Enough is enough. Don't break the law, you won't get arrested.

I my years of dealing with the police, I have never encountered a one that wasn't respectful when shown respect. You threaten a lawman you deserve the outcome.
Neutral Party

Prospect, KY

#17 Aug 16, 2014
Between behavior and thinking behind this death it is easy to see why blacks rank last in economic rankings by race.

Asians at the top, blacks at the bottom with whites and Hispanic in between.

How smart is it to trash you own neighborhood because you're pissed?
Why would any business want to open?. Retail, manufacturing or service related?

Why open in an area where the people don't respect their environment, are threatened when in the area and the quality of job hires is so poor?

Blacks are victims of themselves. They have followed a party that has promised them everything while barely advancing. Meanwhile, other minorities continue to thrive.
Casual Observer

Pickerington, OH

#18 Aug 16, 2014
What went on in Ferguson is just obvious. Blacks take advantage of any opportunity to loot. Any excuse will do for them. Where there is a large group of blacks you can expect looting & thievery. Common knowledge that they steal from each other constantly.

Why is it that we do not see looting such as this from any other racial group? Whites? No. Hispanic? No. Asians? No. Native Americans? No.

No other group. Only the blacks. Must be in their nature as a people. There can be no other explanation.
Neutral Party

Prospect, KY

#20 Aug 17, 2014
Friday night assaults, looting and vandalism occurred with no arrests.

Saturday the governor announces a curfew and things erupt overnight.

I guess that move earlier in the week naming a black officer to be in charge of law enforcement isn't working out.

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