Vigils And Vandalism In St. Louis Suburb After Police Fatally Shoot A Black Teen

In Ferguson, Mo., protests started outside police headquarters late Sunday over the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old. Police said 32 people were arrested for theft, assault, and burglary.

1. Update — Aug. 11, 11:32 a.m. ET:

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2. A vigil for an 18-year-old fatally shot by police was followed by looting and demonstrations Sunday, according to multiple reports.

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson

Hundreds of people gathered for a vigil in memory of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, who was shot by police on Saturday evening. But following the peaceful vigil,
the atmosphere in Ferguson turned tense and demonstrators took to the streets, hurling bottles at police officers and looting stores, CNN reported.

Police were able to get on top of the looting by around 1:30 a.m. CT, but a command post will remain in Ferguson, reported Fox 2 News. Police arrested 32 people for theft, assault, and burglary, according to reports.

In a statement Monday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said he is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct an independent investigation of the fatal shooting of Brown.

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3. Angry protesters demanded answers and apologies in standoffs with police.

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4. A photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was able to capture some of the looting on camera:

AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson
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AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson
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AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson

According to Fox 2 News, the looted businesses include Zisser Tire and Auto, AutoZone, QuikTrip (pictured), Family Dollar, Walmart, Footlocker, Ross Dress for Less, Walgreens, Shoe Carnival, Hibbett Sports, Taco Bell, Sprint Store, KMart, DTLR, Phillips 66, and Meineke.

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8. The looting of Ferguson’s QuikTrip was captured on this video:

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Damage at the QuikTrip. The entire store is just about cleared out.

— Rachel Lippmann (@rlippmann)
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Fuck the police graffiti popping up everywhere.

— Rachel Lippmann (@rlippmann)
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11. Brown’s mother condemned the unrest, according to a reporter for KTVI FOX 2.

Mother of #MikeBrown tells me this looting is disrespecting memory of her son. Lesley McSpadden not endorsing rally today

— Betsey Bruce (@betseybruce)
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12. In a statement to the media, another family member said:

I just want everyone to know and understand that the stealing and breaking in stores is not what Mike will 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.

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13. Local leaders urged calm amid standoffs between the community and the police.

Right now in #Ferguson

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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14. And residents continued to mourn Brown.

In Canfield Gardens, people lay candles at the site where Michael fell. #MichaelBrown

— Rachel Lippmann (@rlippmann)
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15. Fires were started.

In #Ferguson right now

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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There's a dumpster on fire outside a looted store. #ferguson #michaelbrown

— Rachel Lippmann (@rlippmann)
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Right now in #Ferguson

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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18. This video shows an auto store being looted:

.@FOX2now is now reporting that the auto tire store in Ferguson, Missouri is being looted

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews)
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BREAKING: AutoTire windows smashed. Rims and tires stolen. This is OUTSIDE the secure zone. #Ferguson @kmoxnews

— Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun)
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20. Looters allegedly started stealing directly from QuikTrip’s ATM.

Men have pulled a truck up to the QT and are loading the ATM into the back. #Ferguson

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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21. The toppled ATM:

Right now in #Ferguson

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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22. Police were brought into disperse crowds.

I'm now behind the police line, K-9 units are out. Police are breaking up the crowd

— Christina Coleman (@ChristinaKSDK)
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Police are moving in.

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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At the @stlcountypd request, the MO Highway Patrol and our tac unit have deployed together in N County.

— Chief Sam Dotson (@ChiefSLMPD)
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We have also sent officers to backfill @stlcountypd officers in the southern part of the county who have been moved to north county.

— Chief Sam Dotson (@ChiefSLMPD)
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26. This video shows the aftermath of the QuikTrip looting:

Right now in #Ferguson

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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27. Footage and images shared on Twitter and Instagram showed the store on fire:

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#Ferguson quiktrip burning

— David Carson (@PDPJ)
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The smell of smoke, the sound of helicopters, breaking glass and alarms. #Ferguson right now.

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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Gun shots, looting large crowds in street no cops around #ferguson

— David Carson (@PDPJ)
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31. Tear gas was reportedly used:

Tear gas being deployed #ferguson

— David Carson (@PDPJ)
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32. The looting spread to the neighboring town of Dellwood, people said on Twitter.

The looting has spread to Dellwood.

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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Police now on the scene in Dellwood.

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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Dobbs Tire has also been smashed into in Dellwood.

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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Taco Bell in Dellwood. Front glass broken.

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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36. The Walmart in Ferguson was reportedly looted:

.@FOX2now Reporter: Walmart in Ferguson, Missouri has also been looted — Employees forced to take shelter inside before police arrived

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews)
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Shots are being fired at the #Ferguson WalMart, @FOX2now reporter said he's leaving for his safety. #FergusonShooting

— Gloria Lloyd (@glorialloyd)
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Police are now stationed at the Wal-Mart on W. Florissant to protect it from looters. #Ferguson

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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39. SWAT reinforcements were sent.

SWAT reinforcements arrive. Estimate 400+ police now in Ferguson. May be on conservative side #FergusonShooting

— stevegiegerich (@stevegiegerich)
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SWAT troopers raise their weapons as they prepare to enter the looted Family Dollar store. #MikeBrown

— Robert Cohen (@kodacohen)
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State Trooper SWAT unit takes Taco Bell/AutoZone area on Florissant Road. #MikeBrown

— Robert Cohen (@kodacohen)
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Police armored vehicle driving down W. Florisant. "St. Louis police. Please return to your homes," they say.

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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SWAT outside Walgreens at W. Florisant and Chambers.

— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench)
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St. Louis County Police Department is in charge of the investigation. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder instructed the Justice Department to monitor developments.

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