Ferguson Protests Turn Violent Again

Looters hit store at center of controversy

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 16, 2014 7:08 AM CDT

(Newser) – Protests in Ferguson, Mo., turned violent again last night after Thursday's relative calm. The shift happened about midnight, when protesters stormed into the convenience store that Michael Brown—the teen whose fatal shooting at the hands of police has set off the unrest—was accused of robbing. Some in the crowd began throwing rocks and other objects at police, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson. One officer was hurt, though details were not available. Johnson said police backed off to try and ease the tension. "We had to evaluate the security of the officers there and also the rioters," Johnson said. "We just felt it was better to move back." No arrests were made.

Meanwhile, peaceful protesters yelled at the aggressors to stop what they were doing. Several even lined up in front of the convenience store to help protect it, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The looting, however, spread to at least a few other stores. The unrest was the first trouble since the Missouri Highway Patrol took over from the Ferguson Police Department. It came after police identified the officer who shot the unarmed Brown and also accused the teen of robbing cigars from the convenience store just before the shooting.

A protester holds up a sign Friday in front of a convenience store that was looted in Ferguson.
A protester holds up a sign Friday in front of a convenience store that was looted in Ferguson.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
A protester holds up a clenched fist Friday in front of a looted convenience store in Ferguson.
A protester holds up a clenched fist Friday in front of a looted convenience store in Ferguson.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
The Rev. Jesse Jackson visits the Ferguson protests Friday.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson visits the Ferguson protests Friday.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)
Smoke from a tire burning rises over protesters on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson on Friday.
Smoke from a tire burning rises over protesters on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson on Friday.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)
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