As you know a “no-bill” was returned against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson by a grand jury made up of three blacks and nine non-blacks. They wouldn’t comment as to the racial makeup of the grand jury so that’s as close as we can come.
Rioting and looting, on the other hand, are on.
The Family Dollar Store in Ferguson is being looted as we type. They probably had a big sign in the front of the store saying “Michael Brown deserved to die.” Or maybe they were just convenient.
Rocks and bottles are being thrown at police and McDonalds has been looted. Really? McDonalds? Not Ruth’s Chris?
Several police cars have been destroyed, reportedly shots have been fired but no reports of injuries. There will be.
We’ll be updating as things heat up.
12:30pm CST, burning down Ferguson…
Midnight, Central Time: Fires continue to destroy multiple buildings in Ferguson, Missouri — fires started by rioters. People also continue to loot and vandalize businesses, though protest crowds had dwindled significantly in some parts, according to CNN reporters at the scene.
11:30 p.m. CT: FAA places airport in St. Louis under Temporary Flight Restriction.
11:20 p.m. CT: Police are using bullhorns to request protestors leave the area so firefighters may more easily get to the buildings that are on fire. Some buildings are engulfed in flames but no firefighters are able to get to them because there are too many fires occurring.
11:05 p.m. CT: Armored vehicles hauling S.W.A.T. members have arrived, likely due to the possibility of gunshots fired. Police confirm smoke used to clear crowd in beginning of rioting, but tear gas also being used.
11 p.m. CT: A storage facility is engulfed in flames. Police continue to use tear gas to clear crowds. CNN reports items inside a beauty salon on fire may be exploding. Because it is unclear whether the popping noises are those items or are gunshots, firefighters have vacated the salon, which continues to burn.
10:50 p.m. CT: At least three buildings were on fire, according to reporters in Ferguson.
10:30 p.m. CT: Fires continue, and while many protestors are still out in Ferguson, Missouri, reporters say the crowd has dwindled a bit. Some protestors are shouting profanity at police and members of the media. One building is engulfed in flames and is destroyed. CNN reports the building is a Little Caesars pizza restaurant.
10:20 p.m. CT: A beauty salon is on fire inside, and firefighters are on scene. Police are looking on the roofs of buildings to make sure no one in on them. Reports indicate gunshots fired appear to have cleared the crowds a bit. Protests continue.