Riot, looting follow vigil for St. Louis black teen shot dead by police

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Ferguson, MO, United States (4E) – Stores in a St. Louis suburb were looted while stones and bottles rained on police Sunday night following a vigil for a black teenager shot dead by police the day before.

The QuikTrip convenience store and gas station along West Florissant plus a dozen nearby stores were ransacked around 9 p.m. and Ferguson police in riot gears were greeted with a hail of bricks and bottles from protesters when they got off their squad cars.

TV news footage showed crowds kicking and climbing police cars and breaking into shops and taking away cellphones, liquors and clothes. A check-cashing and tire store were also looted. The QuikTrip was also set on fire and was heavily damaged.

One police officer was shot at but was not injured, according to Ferguson police officer Brian Schellman.

Some 300 local and St. Louis police were deployed to the area to stop the riot and looting Sunday night to Monday morning. Thirty-two suspected rioters and looters were arrested and two police officers were injured in the violence.

Police are investigating if the rioters came from a crowd of about 100 people holding a vigil near the 2900 block of Canfield Drive, where unarmed Michael Brown, 18, was allegedly shot multiple times by a police officer after they scuffled on Saturday.

The St. Louis County police department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the fatal shooting of Brown and the police officer who shot him was suspended from his job while the investigation runs.

Earlier Sunday, a few hundred protesters gathered outside the Ferguson Police headquarters chanting “Don’t shoot me” while holding their hands in the air, according to KMBC.com.

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