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:

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.

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

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

11. Brown’s mother condemned the unrest, according to a reporter for KTVI FOX 2.

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.

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

14. And residents continued to mourn Brown.

15. Fires were started.

18. This video shows an auto store being looted:

20. Looters allegedly started stealing directly from QuikTrip’s ATM.

21. The toppled ATM:

22. Police were brought into disperse crowds.

26. This video shows the aftermath of the QuikTrip looting:

27. Footage and images shared on Twitter and Instagram showed the store on fire:

31. Tear gas was reportedly used:

32. The looting spread to the neighboring town of Dellwood, people said on Twitter.

36. The Walmart in Ferguson was reportedly looted:

39. SWAT reinforcements were sent.

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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