Chaos in the Streets Following Vigil for Missouri Man Gunned Down By a Cop
Chaos hit the streets following yet another controverisal police shooting.
Anger rose over the death of an 18-year-old college-bound student from a suburb of St. Louis, who was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a police officer.
Angry mobs rioted in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, looting a Quick Mart gas station and setting it ablaze. At dawn's early light, the store was a total loss. At least 12 businesses were looted.
A radio transmission said, "Five to six shots just now. Walmart has barricated themselves, all the employees inside the store. And looters are breaking in."
Hundreds of officers from 19 departments rushed to quell the violence. Thirty-two people were arrested and two officers were injured during the disturbances.
St. Louis county police spokesperson Brian Schellman said, "Our helicopter got shot at at least once. We think probably two or three times, and there were many probably many other police officers who were shot at and just luckily for us, nobody was seriously injured."
CNN cameras caught one officer calling the looters "animals."
The violence was triggered following a deadly confrontation between Michael Brown and a veteran officer. Police claimed Brown struggled with the officer and tried to grab for his gun, but a witness said his hands were up in the air when he was shot.
"He shot him in the face and in the chest and then he fell down," said a witness. "They shot him multiple times.
Brown's mother was unconsolable, saying her son, who was supposed to start college on Monday, was walking to his grandmother's house when he was stopped by police.
Michael's mother told reporters, "You took my son away from me. You know how hard it was for me to get him to stay in school and graduate?"
Michael's family is distancing itself from the overnight violence, saying in a statement, "Stealing and breaking in stores is not what Mike will want, it is very upsetting. Please let my family grieve in peace. Stop the violence in the street."
Marc Lamont Hill, a professor at Morehouse College, told INSIDE EDITION, "Historically riots are not uncommon whenever there are mass amounts of injustice and people perceive that the system and the government is not responding to them. When people feel unheard, as Martin Luther King said, riots become the voice of the unheard."
Brown's death came just three weeks after Staten Island resident Eric Garner died when an NYPD officer applied an improper choke hold during an arrest for the minor offense of selling unlicensed cigarettes, leading to accusations of racism and police overreaction.
Thankfully this morning, the violence in Fergeson ebbed, and calm returned to the streets in a peaceful protest against the death of a young man.