The fatal police shooting of Michael Brown who was unarmed at the time of the incident led to one day of mayhem and anger in St. Louis. People vandalized vehicles, confronted the police and looted businesses. Tensions erupted after the death of the 18 year old and the looting of a convenience store.
Several stores on a main road near the shooting sight were attacked. This includes a grocery store, a boutique and a check-cashing store. People took items from a cellphone retailer store, took rims from a tire store and even sporting goods.
TV footage highlighted people walking into various stores and even attacking police officers. Witnesses saw people vandalizing police cars and even a TV station van was attacked.
The police had problems in catching the looters because crimes have been happening at various Ferguson locations and other neighboring communities saw riots, according to mayor James Knowles.
Arrests were made but authorities did not yet declare a complete number of looted areas or number of people arrested. Mayor Knowles declared:
“Right now, the small group of people are creating a huge mess. 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.”
Investigations on the death of Michael Brown are outgoing but the local community reacted instantly because the teen was not armed as he was shot multiple times in an incident that also involved other people.