Crisis in Ferguson: More businesses looted overnight

FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- “This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching.” Governor Nixon has declared a state of emergency in the city of Ferguson. A curfew has been imposed from midnight through 5am.

“If we want justice, we cannot be distracted.” Governor Nixon

More violence resumed in overnight. We have confirmed looting and vandalism to multiple businesses along West Florissant. The incidents seemed to gather steam after 12:00am.

St Louis County Police confirm at least 200 of their officers are on scene and helping handle the situation. They confirm the Domino’s Pizza on West Florissant was set fire and burned. They also confirm multiple businesses vandalized and looted. Unbelievably, County Police told Fox 2 News that its officers were at the Ferguson Market earlier when looters showed up, but were ordered to “Stand down” by incident commanders at the scene and basically withdrew and allowed the looters to have their way with the store.

The Missouri Highway Patrol continues to have incident command at the scene. A spokesman said they are gathering information and plan a news conference later this morning. They did not have any solid information about damage, arrests, or injuries.

Elliott Davis, George Sells, Andy Banker and Kim Hudson have been on the scene since early this morning. All report that activity seems to have quieted, but we have seen live pictures of cars racing down West Florissant and driving erratic. Our live pictures have also shown a strong police presence moving down West Florissant and standing off with some protestors.

Our live pictures have also shown looters coming out of the Ferguson Market, and we have reports that looters were inside the store earlier in the evening before being confronted and run off by other citizens. We’ve also seen people milling about in peaceful fashion. Elliott Davis has reported that many citizens have confronted looters and asked them to stop. We believe one of those trying to bring order from looters is St Louis Alderman Antonio French.

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“If we want justice, we cannot be distracted.” Governor Nixon

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“Our focus is security.” Governor Nixon

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“We will be in this together.” Captain Ron Johnson

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“This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching.” Governor Nixon

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“The frustration that is in your home is in my home.” Captain Ronn Johnson

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Governor Nixon declares state of emergency in the city of Ferguson.

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Curfew is from midnight through 5 am.

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Governor Nixon imposes curfew in the city of Ferguson.

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster tells George Sells that a curfew is being discussed

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Ferguson seems back to normal after daybreak. The cleanup continues.  Carl says this t-shirt is available through Sports Print.  The money for the t-shirts goes to charity.  http://www.sportsprint.com/

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People who live in Ferguson are cleaning up after the looting in the rain near the burned out QuikTrip

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The eyes of the world are focused on St. Louis. News crews from about every major network are in Ferguson.

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Rain is falling in Ferguson.  No more looting.  Just people looking for answers about what happened last night.

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St. Louis County Police say they were told to stand down by the Missouri State Highway Patrol

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Businesses cleaning up in Ferguson

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No protesters out at this time in the morning. Looters seem to be going home.

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Business owner uses soda cans to put out fire at Sam’s Meat Market – Andy Banker

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Reports of at least one person shot, several businesses broken in overnight.

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Store owners cleaning up in Ferguson

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Store owners dealing with looters in Ferguson

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St. Louis County police are currently at the Dominos in Ferguson

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Store owner standing in front of business in Ferguson. Dealing with looters.

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Store owners are showing up to protect their businesses. Bringing dogs and guns to save their businesses

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Press conference on looting this afternoon from police

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Witness at scene says that the business owners showed up and told people to stop looting

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Man with what appears to be a gun in his pants at the store in Ferguson. Looting seems to have slowed since he showed up. A witness says it it not a gun. Just a man with his hand under his shirt.

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The scene in Ferguson

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Looters using shopping carts to move merchandise out of #Ferguson stores

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No one is stopping the looting in Ferguson

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Looters carrying items out of the store

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Looters standing outside the market

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The same looters are going in and out of stores.

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Police are on the scene. Not much activity

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Man carrying loot out of Ferguson Market

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Looting…

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Looting at Sam’s Meat Market

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People taking things out of the Beauty store and running across the street

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Brazen looter in #Ferguson

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The Missouri Highway Patrol says they will have updates on why the police presence is so light.  Press conference later this morning

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Not much police presence seen in Ferguson

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The SWAT team has showed up

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Walking out with what looks like the cash register

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People are just walking in and grabbing items off the shelves

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Looting at the Ferguson Market

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More looting in Ferguson

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Store on fire

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