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Looting And Violent Clashes Continue In Ferguson

Looting And Violent Clashes Continue In Ferguson


Airdate: 08/19/2014

Chilling, just-released surveillance video shows looting in Ferguson, Missouri. One looter actually fired a gun and shattered a window—then others swarmed inside.

The video was recorded on Sunday as looters ransacked a supermarket. 

INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent spoke to the owner. Sixteen surveillance cameras recorded the shocking looting.
 
"They emptied all my shelves of the liquor. The cigarettes they carried out by the cases," said the store owner.

"How did they get in?" asked Trent.

"They broke the windows. All the windows were smashed," he replied.

The owner says more than $50,000 worth of cigarettes and food were stolen.   

Watch the Disturbing Footage

Trent said from inside the store, "As bad as the looting was, it could have been a lot worse. The looters actually set a fire. Luckily, the fire department got here just in time to put it out before the whole store caught."

The disturbing looting video is coming to light after yet another night of violence in Ferguson. Police told the crowds, "Disperse immediately or you will be subject to arrest."

There were 78 arrests, and cops say two protestors were shot by other protestors.  

Police blame outsiders from as far away as New York and California for inciting the violence that has followed the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol told reporters, "I am not going to let the criminals that have come out here from across the country and live in this community to define this neighborhood and define what we're going to do to make it right."

Peaceful protestors disturbed by the growing chaos in Ferguson tried to form a barrier between police and the agitators last night. But CNN's Jake Tapper, broadcasting live, was outraged by the military-style riot cops. Tapper repoterd, "Why they're doing this, I don't know. Because there is no threat going on here. None that merits this."

Journalists were once again in the line of fire during the rioting. One photographer was tear-gassed. CNN's Chris Cuomo reported, "A tear gas canister exploded right above him and as you can see, he had to drop to the ground in pain."

And MSNBC talk show host Chris Hayes had rocks thrown at him during an on-air report.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch frontpage has a powerful image of a cop firing tear gas.

While on the Today show, Michael Brown's parents called for an end to the violence. His mother said, "We have to remain focused and we have to remain strong and the violence needs to stop."

TV news crews from all over the world are covering the chaos in America's Heartland. INSIDE EDITION connected with one crew from Sweden where Swedish reporter Anna Herdenstam told Trent, "It's about the rage from the community, the community seeking justice. And that's the story that I'm trying to cover here."

Meanwhile, a new poll shows a deep racial divide over the Michael Brown shooting: 57% of blacks believe Officer Darren Wilson should be found guilty of murder, compared to just 17% of whites according to a just-released Rasmussen Poll.  [Source: Rasmussen Reports]


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