Protests Over Jury Ruling in Michael Brown Case Turn Violent in Ferguson

© Mario AnzuoniFerguson protesters set ablaze cars and shops, attack police with Molotov cocktails, rocks and bottles, officers respond with tear gas and smoke.
Ferguson protesters set ablaze cars and shops, attack police with Molotov cocktails, rocks and bottles, officers respond with tear gas and smoke. - Sputnik International
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Ferguson protesters set ablaze cars and shops, attack police with Molotov cocktails, rocks and bottles, officers respond with tear gas and smoke.

MOSCOW, November 25 (Sputnik) - Protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson are turning violent as demonstrators have set fire to several businesses and police cars, while police officers have resorted to tear gas to disperse crowds, St. Louis police said Tuesday.

"Storage facility and Sams Meat Market near W. Florissant and Canfield set on fire by looters … Officers reporting heavy automatic gunfire in area of W. Florissant and Canfield," St. Louis County Police Department posted on Twitter.

Several police vehicles and businesses have been set on fire and raging protesters have attacked police officers with Molotov cocktails, rocks, bottles and D batteries, according to the police department.

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"Tear gas was used on S. Florissant after smoke was unsuccessful in dispersing violent crowd," the police reported, stressing, however, that this was used as a last resort.

According to local media reports, firefighters are struggling to reach the multiple fires simultaneously taking place in the city.

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Major protests erupted in Ferguson late Monday when a grand jury found white police officer Darren Wilson not guilty in the death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown, who he fatally shot in August.

Protests over the ruling are taking place in a number of other US cities as well, including New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

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