Ferguson Riot: Little Ceasar’s Fire, MetroPCS Fire, I-44 / Interstate-44 Shut Down, Shootings (Pictures)
There was reports of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night following a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.
A Little Caesar’s was set on fire, a Dollar Tree was looted, a MetroPCS store was set on fire, and parts of Interstate 44 were shut down by protesters.
On Monday night, the FAA set up a no-fly zone over the city.
Meanwhile, Gov. Jay Nixon called in the National Guard to deal with the unrest.
There were also reports of gunshots being fired across the city.
President Barack Obama appealed for calm following the grand jury’s move.
“We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make,” Obama said in a statement.
“That won’t be done by throwing bottles. That won’t be done by smashing car windows. That won’t be done by using this as an excuse to vandalize property,” Obama added. “It certainly won’t be done by hurting anybody.”
“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen,” reads a statement from family of Michael Brown.
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AP update: Violence in Ferguson after no indictment announced
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County Police are confirming officers used tear gas to disperse crowds inFerguson after a police car was vandalized, business windows shattered and gunshots were heard in the streets.
Some protesters erupted in anger after the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson won’t be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Protesters overran a barricade and taunted police. Some chanted “murderer” and others threw rocks and bottles.
The windows of a police car were smashed and protesters tried to topple it before it was set ablaze. Officers responded by firing what authorities said was smoke and pepper spray into the crowd. St. Louis County Police later confirmed tear gas also was used.
Some in the crowd tried to stop others from taking part in the violence.