Protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, last night following the decision by a grand jury to not indict police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.
About 25 buildings were set on fire in a wave of civil unrest, and CNN reports that several flames were still burning as of 6 a.m. ET on Tuesday.
After the crowd heard the prosecutor announcement of the grand jury’s decision via radio and phone, a portion of the crowd sprinted towards a barricade in front of the Ferguson police headquarters, according to the Washington Post.
The protesters hurled water bottles at the officers who blocked them with plastic shields. It wasn’t long before the scene turned to chaos as the protesters were divided by those demonstrating peacefully and others tuned to violence. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Numerous businesses and buildings were destroyed or broken into, with some being looted. At least two police cars were burned.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar also said he personally had heard about 150 gunshots fired during a night of looting, arson, and clashes between demonstrators and police.
After the night of chaos, those in Ferguson and St. Louis paused to take stock of the destruction.
At least 61 people have been arrested in the area overnight after the protests grew violent. According to Al Jazeera, arrest records indicated that the charges included burglary, trespassing, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
In addition to the Ferguson arrests, there were 21 arrests in St. Louis. At least 14 people were injured during the protests, according to the AP.
Here are some photos of the aftermath in Ferguson and the St. Louis-area.
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