Chaos falls on Ferguson: 'It's not going away'
As evening turned to night, downtown Ferguson resembled a battle zone. Dozens of police officers in riot gear, armored vehicles, gunshots and tear gas, reports CNN's Moni Basu.
“This ain’t Iraq. This is the United States,” yelled Demetric Whitlock to a line of police officers on South Florissant Road, in front of the city’s police department.
“Hey!” he shouted. “Go fight ISIS.”
Whitlock predicted things would get really bad in Ferguson.
“People here have a real grudge against the police. It’s not going away.”
Angry protesters hurled objects at police and at shop windows. Shattered glass covered the asphalt.
One of the casualties was Ferguson Optical. Earlier in the day, manager Tim Marrah had put out the sign he has been displaying since August: “We are family.”
It was no protection against vandals. A storefront window was shattered and left barely standing.
Andrew Thomas stood in front of a beauty supply store across the street. Looters broke windows and doors and stole hair weaves and wigs and left the heads of mannequins strewn in the middle of the road, creating a surreal scene amid the smoke of tear gas lingering in the cold night air.