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
A protester holds up a sign Friday in front of a convenience store that was looted in Ferguson.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(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.

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OrneryPup
Aug 17, 2014 10:32 PM CDT
It's a safe bet that Brown is not, or will not, rest in peace.
OrneryPup
Aug 17, 2014 10:14 PM CDT
There are plenty of credible witnesses that corroborate the cops story. PLUS And here's the big one ; just wait until the traffic control camera footage is released. It proves the officer was 100% in the right. I have this from my policeman relative with inside information. Hold on to your hats folks, the village idiots won't be able to handle the truth.
Pragmatist
Aug 16, 2014 6:25 PM CDT
Way to go Ferguson degenerate dirt bags... ... you are now causing many families to scratch St. Louis & vicinity off their vacation lists . . . . right behind Detroilet, Chicago, and Los Angeles Sucks to be you... ... but that is entirely on your scum-of-the-earth looters/thugs and asshole cops