Ferguson burns: 80 arrested as rioters torch police cars and buildings and looters ransack shops after grand jury decision NOT to indict cop Darren Wilson for killing black teen Michael Brown

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
By Paul Martin

A grand jury decided not to charge Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson over the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown this past summer
Wilson shot dead unarmed Brown on August 9, and evidence released after the decision shows he was pursuing the teen in connection to a convenience-store robbery
Brown’s family said they were ‘profoundly disappointed’ with the decision, while calling for peaceful protests
Ferguson protesters turned violent throwing rocks, looting businesses and setting cars and buildings on fire
Police said disturbances in Ferguson ‘much worse’ than those that erupted in aftermath of the shooting
More than a dozen local businesses were set on fire including a storage center, Walgreens and pizza shop
150 live gunshots were heard, with reports suggesting police officers were being targeted by rioters
Missouri cop was shot amid the violent protests and is in an unknown condition
There were 61 arrests in Ferguson overnight and 21 arrests in St Louis, according to the police
Demonstrators close down three New York bridges as peaceful protests occur in 90 cities across the U.S

By Jill Reilly and Louise Boyle and Ashley Collman and David Martokso
25 November 2014

Enraged protesters set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer over the death of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose shooting exposed deep racial tensions between African-Americans and police.

Violence flared after the decision was announced by St Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch at around 8:25pm on Monday evening, and continued throughout the evening and into early Tuesday morning.

President Barack Obama and the family of Michael Brown asked for calm. As Obama spoke live from the White House briefing room, television networks showed him on one side of the screen, and violent demonstrations in Ferguson on the other.

Angry crowds took to the streets around the Ferguson Police headquarters after the grand jury determined there was no probable cause to charge Wilson with any crime for the shooting of 18-year-old Brown this past summer.

St Louis police reported that rioters fired 150 live gunshots and more than a dozen local businesses were razed to the ground by arsonists. Some reports say that fire fighters have been tackling up to 25 structural fires caused by rioters.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that the disturbances this time were ‘much worse’ than those that erupted in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

There were 61 arrests in Ferguson overnight, many for burglary and trespassing, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said there were 21 arrests in the city, where some protesters broke business windows along South Grand Avenue. Police said they have not fired any shots.

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