Tensions reached a boiling point Sunday evening following the death of an unarmed teen shot by a police officer.
The violence ensued after a scheduled rally and vigil in the wake of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown, who was unarmed, was shot to death by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer on Saturday.
Police officers from every jurisdiction in the St. Louis area were called into Ferguson Sunday evening. The strong police presence became necessary after violence and looting were reported in the area. Witnesses say tensions began rising at the intersection of West Florissant and Ferguson around 8:30 p.m. In response Ferguson police called in an extra 60 officers as well as officers from all surrounding jurisdictions.
Officer Brian Schellman with the St. Louis County Police Department says 200 officers were called to the area from at least two dozen departments, but approximately 300 total officers were in the area. Many officers who were not called in responded anyway.
Two police officers were injured Sunday night during the unrest. One of those officers was hit by a brick, the other suffered a knee injury. They are both expected to be okay. One St. Louis County police officer was shot at, but was not injured.
According to police, 32 arrests were made during the riots. At least 12 businesses were looted. One shot was fired at a police helicopter. Rocks, bricks and bottles were hurled at police officers throughout the night.
A major focal point of the violent activity was the Quiktrip store in the 9400 block of West Florissant. The store was not only looted, but later set on fire. Tear gas has been dispensed as rioting and looting continued into the early hours of Monday morning.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Michael Brown. The taking of black lives must cease!
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