Good vibes filled the air Friday as protesters continued calls of justice for slain college bound teen Mike Brown. Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was gunned down in a hail of bullets Aug. 9.
Protestors gathered at the burned down QuikTrip to lead a peaceful demonstration.
One drummer brought out his drum set to lead a chant of “no justice, no peace” amongst hundreds of gatherers. The demonstration even drew visits from Rev. Jesse Jackson, U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) and Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson.
But the atmosphere soon turned chaotic upon the arrival of riot gear-clad officers who fired tear gas at protesters assembled in the street. Emotions flared amongst protesters who rapped Atlanta artist Archie Eversole’s “We Ready” as they marched slowly toward law enforcement. Many masked men broke away from the group and began looting nearby business, including Feel Beauty Supply and Ferguson Market & Liquor.
Ferguson Market & Liquor is the reported store Brown stole a 48.99 box of cigarillos from moments before his shooting death.
A dozen community residents showcased bravery after forming a blockade in front of the Ferguson Market & Liquor. The men turned away others who attempted to gain entry inside the store.
“The people who broke in are opportunists,” one of the men said. “They are not us. They have not been out here all day.”
“These are not protesters,” another man said. “They’re not from here.”
The young men had harsh words for the police who allowed the looting to continue.
“Why we gotta do they job?” one of the men asked.
The store’s security didn’t last long. Looters eventually made their way inside the store and emptied much of its items.
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