After the grand jury’s decision was announced, demonstrators began protesting what they considered a travesty of justice in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown was killed in August by police officer Darren Wilson, who says Brown charged him in the street after a scuffle in his police car after Wilson told Brown and his friend to move off the street.
Shortly after, rioters began breaking into shops, looting them, and burning them. Much of the action was captured on live TV. Protesters threw projectiles and cursed out CNN crews, while one looter assaulted a Fox News cameraman while filming his stolen liquor from a store.
Officials in Ferguson and Missouri have faced intense criticism for the botched handling of the decision. Questions have been raised as to why the decision was announced at night even though news of the decision had been reported throughout the day, giving rioters a chance to plan. The police force on the ground was also inadequate to halt the burnings and the gunfire that was heard during the night.