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.