Nov 25, 2014 09:36 am
Ferguson, Missouri, is waking up to a city that is still smoldering after a night of unrest following a grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
At least a dozen buildings were torched and looted, many of them local businesses that police said were total losses. Dozens of cars -- including two police cruisers and rows of vehicles at a car dealership -- were also vandalized and left charred. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said he heard about 150 gunshots, none from police.
"What I've seen tonight is probably much worse than the worst night we had in August," he said, referring to the summer protests after the shooting death of Brown, an unarmed black teenager who some witnesses say had his hands up when he was shot on Aug. 9.
Police said they made more than 80 arrests, and that there were only minor injuries.
Shortly after St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch made the rambling nighttime announcement, officer Wilson's grand jury testimony was released, in which he claimed Brown looked like a "demon" during the deadly confrontation.
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