After a day of relative peace, things turned ugly again in Ferguson when shortly after midnight crowds again resorted to looting and vandalism in multiple businesses along West Florissant Ave with the focal point being the QuikTrip convenience store which Mike Brown allegedly robbed. The incidents seemed to gather steam after 12:00am.
According to KTVI, at least 200 St. Louis County Police officers were on scene and helping handle the situation. They confirm the Domino’s Pizza on West Florissant was set fire and burned. They also confirm multiple businesses vandalized and looted. But the shocker happened when county Police told Fox 2 News that its officers were at the Ferguson Market earlier when looters showed up, but were ordered to “Stand down” by Missouri State Highway Patrol incident commanders at the scene and basically withdrew and allowed the looters to have their way with the store.
St. Louis County Police say they were told to stand down by the Missouri State Highway Patrol #Ferguson— FOX2now (@FOX2now) August 16, 2014
So @stlcountypd says it pulled its officers from Ferguson Market and allowed looters to have their way. PD told by commanders to not engage— FOX2now (@FOX2now) August 16, 2014
The Missouri Highway Patrol says they will have updates on why the police presence in #Ferguson is so light. Press conference later Sat.— FOX2now (@FOX2now) August 16, 2014
So if the cops won't protect, then vigilante justice is inevitable:
Store owners guard Ferguson businesses with their own guns http://t.co/VqM92Xt9Hl— FOX2now (@FOX2now) August 16, 2014
In other words, first appeasement in the international arena, and now, domestically. Is it surprising then that increasingly the death of Mike Brown appears to merely be a pretext for even more looting? One does wonder just where and why the order to replace the local police with a highway patrol presence came in the first place.
As KFTI further, reports, the Missouri Highway Patrol continues to have incident command at the scene. A spokesman said they are gathering information and plan a news conference later this morning. They did not have any solid information about damage, arrests, or injuries.
As of this morning the looting activity seems to have quieted, but local media outlets report live pictures of cars racing down West Florissant and driving erratic. Furthermore, after being told to stand aside, a strong police presence appears to be returning and moving down West Florissant and standing off with some protestors.
And just in case Ukraine wants some pointers on what "evidence" means, here is photographic and video proof of the overnight events.
Inside of the partially looted market. It is still standing and largely unthreatened. pic.twitter.com/Cgkyv725xs— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) August 16, 2014
Tempers high..so far 1 person shot 5 to 6 stores looted on W. Florissant a Domino's was on fire..Hwy patrol news... http://t.co/j0T02uOvsd— Shawndrea Thomas (@ShawndreaThomas) August 16, 2014
Inside the Ferguson Market on West Florissant. Looters have been inside tonight. pic.twitter.com/hSowuReii8— FOX2now (@FOX2now) August 16, 2014
That looked like a looter carrying a cash register out of Ferguson Market. pic.twitter.com/PG2Jl3jctQ— FOX2now (@FOX2now) August 16, 2014
More loot being removed from Ferguson Market. pic.twitter.com/zvrOfAeCcw— FOX2now (@FOX2now) August 16, 2014
Meanwhile, the entire world is watching:
So to summarize: the revolution may not be televised, but the looting will sure be tweeted.