|by NTEB News Desk|
FERGUSON, Mo. - Aiming to head off new looting and rioting, Missouri's governor on Tuesday ordered National Guard reinforcements into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson following overnight violence ignited by the clearing of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Protesters made good on their promise to burn the city if the decision did not go their way. At least 12 buildings were burned in Ferguson. Police vehicles were set on fire and melted in the street. The Auto Buy Credit car dealership in Dellwood had cars burned in the lot. Smoke filled the air and flames could be seen all night. Firefighters could not approach fires because they were concerned for their safety. The demonstrators were armed.
Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot to death by officer Darren Wilson in August, condemned as biased the grand jury process that led to Monday's decision not to bring criminal charges against Wilson.
About a dozen Ferguson buildings burned overnight and 61 people were arrested on charges including burglary, illegal weapons possession and unlawful assembly, police said. Police said protesters fired guns at them, lit patrol cars on fire and hurled bricks into their lines. Police fired tear gas and flash-bang canisters at protesters and shops were looted.