FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – At least a dozen businesses in north St. Louis County were looted Sunday following a peaceful vigil.
Hundreds gathered Sunday for a vigil in memory of shooting death of Michael Brown, the Ferguson, Missouri teen who was shot by a Police officer Saturday afternoon. Brown was unarmed.
Around 8:30pm protesters on West Florissant became aggressive and St. Louis County tactical units were called.
By 10pm, St. Louis County Police had called for more assistance from all surrounding municipalities including St. Louis City and the Missouri Highway Patrol.
The QuikTrip convenience mart on West Florissant was looted and set on fire.
Michael Brown's family is now speaking out against the violence and has said they will not have any more rallies.
In a statement, a family member said,
"I just want everyone to know and understand that the stealing and breaking in stores is not what Mike would want, it is very upsetting to me and my family. Our family didn't ask for this but for justice and peace.... Please let my family grieve in Peace in stop the violence in the street tonight, we don't want this happening when we protest for justice for my cousin Mike Brown, please get this message out to the people that the Mike Brown family do not want this."
At least a dozen other businesses were looted:
The looted businesses include:
- Zisser Tire and Auto
- Quik Trip
- Family Dollar
- Ross Dress for Less
- Shoe Carnival
- Hibbett Sports
- Taco Bell
- Sprint Store
- Phillips 66
Police were able to get a handle on the looting around 1:30am but a command post will remain on scene in Ferguson, MO.
Senator Roy Blunt released this statement:
“I join all Missourians in remembering the family of Michael Brown and the Ferguson community as they grieve the tragic loss of this young man. His recent high school graduation should have been a beginning of better things.
“Everyone deserves a transparent understanding of what happened here. I am fully supportive of County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar calling for DOJ and the FBI to take a careful, open review of the events that led to this tragedy for everyone involved.”
Congresswoman Ann Wagner released this statement:
“As a mother of three children, I cannot even imagine the pain of losing a child. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michael Brown’s family and to the people of Ferguson as they deal with this tragic loss,” said Rep. Wagner. “As we search for answers together, we must remain calm and compassionate while truth and justice are served.”
Looting Video Gallery:
American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri sends this statement to the media:
thoughts and condolences go out to the family of Michael Brown. While
the facts are still being gathered, the ACLU has to acknowledge that
unarmed young African-American
men are shot and killed by police at an alarming rate. This pattern must
stop. The first step is an independent and transparent investigation.
We respect the family’s call for calm. Additionally, any threat to
arrest participants in peaceful vigils and rallies
would violate the First Amendment.”
The NAACP sent this release to the media:
“Our prayers go out to the family and friends of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri. The death of yet another African-American at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve the community where he lived is heartbreaking. Michael Brown was preparing to begin college, and now his family is preparing to bury their child – his life cut short in a tragic encounter with the police.
As the NAACP’s Missouri State Conference and St. Louis Branches seek answers about the circumstances surrounding Michael Brown’s death, the National office will remain vigilant until accountability and justice are served for the countless individuals who lose their lives to misguided police practices throughout the country. Even as we call for accountability by those charged with protecting the community, we call on the community to act–collectively and calmly until we secure justice for the family of Michael Brown.”
NAACP official says there’s a process for justice.
West Florissant at Chambers – a car was trying to get through a police barricade. #stl
Mother of Michael Brown says she is ‘furious’ over the looting. This is not how she wanted her son’s memory to be honored. @BetseyBruceTV
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The QuikTrip is now on fire:
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Possible looting of an Auto-Zone https://vine.co/v/MVYr0OZWmMj
Correction: The St. Louis Post Dispatch reporter was punched in the head, not hit with a bottle. He is doing fine according to our partners at the Post.
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@BetseyBruceTV reports a reporter from the Post-Dispatch was hit in the head with a bottle.
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Reporter Melenie Moon says crowd continues to chant and says she hasn’t personally seen any violence. But there are at least 200 of squad cars on West Florissant and Ferguson
Police have told news crews if they’re in the West Florissant area, they should get out.