Ferguson Burns: Protesters Set Fire To Businesses After Grand Jury Decision

AP

The streets of Ferguson, Mo. and surrounding areas erupted into chaos and looting Monday night after a grand jury announced that it decided not to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Ferguson Asst. Fire Chief Steve Fair told local TV station KSDK that his department fought about 25 structure fires Monday night, as well as responded to a car dealership were 10 cars were burned.

At least 14 Ferguson-area businesses were set on fire over the course of the night. A Little Ceasar’s Pizza, a Walgreens, an auto parts store and a beauty salon were among the businesses set ablaze.

“What we saw tonight was much worse that what we saw any night in August,” the St. Louis County Police Department said in a Facebook post. Two of the department’s police cars were set on fire.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said that windows of local businesses were smashed across the street from where protesters gathered in that city, according to CNN.

Local TV station KMOX reported that one of its vehicles was also vandalized during coverage of the protests.

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