After Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced the fact that Darren Wilson will not be charged for the shooting of Michael Brown, Ferguson conflicts re-started with protesters being outraged at the decision. While some of the demonstrations were completely peaceful, the atmosphere quickly became violent.
Jon Belmar, St. Louis County Police Chief, declared that over 12 buildings were set ablaze and over 150 gunshots were fired, out of which zero were fired by the police. One police officer was reported to be shot but is not in any danger. 29 arrests were made.
“I’m disappointed this evening. What I’ve seen tonight is probably worse than the worst night we had in August.”
He added that “unless we bring 10,000 policemen in here” the protesters cannot be controlled.
A group of police officers managed to disperse a crowd of around 300 people with the use of pepper spray, tear gas and bean bags. However, many looters attacked a Family Dollar Store, an AutoZone Outlet and a Walgreens store.
Protesters also burned Little Caesars pizza together with a local beauty shop. Fires are still burning in Ferguson at the moment.
A local Sonic restaurant manager was told to close up the shop early by the police. His name is Richard Royal and he declared the he completely understands the anger and the frustration at the decision of the jury but violence is not necessary. His words were:
“We could have done something better, like a boycott, that would have hit them in their pockets.”