FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – At least a dozen businesses in north St. Louis County were looted Sunday following a peaceful vigil.
Hundreds gathered Sunday for a vigil in memory of shooting death of Michael Brown, the Ferguson, Missouri teen who was shot by a Police officer Saturday afternoon. Brown was unarmed.
Around 8:30pm protesters on West Florissant became aggressive and St. Louis County tactical units were called.
By 10pm, St. Louis County Police had called for more assistance from all surrounding municipalities including St. Louis City and the Missouri Highway Patrol.
The QuikTrip convenience mart on West Florissant was looted and set on fire.
Michael Brown's family is now speaking out against the violence and has said they will not have any more rallies.
In a statement, a family member said,
"I just want everyone to know and understand that the stealing and breaking in stores is not what Mike will want, it is very upsetting to me and my family. Our family didn't ask for this but for Justice and Peace.... Please let my family grieve in Peace in stop the violence in the street tonight, we don't want this happing when we protest for justice for my cousin Mike Brown, please get this message out to the people that the Mike Brown family do not want this."
At least a dozen other businesses were looted:
The looted businesses include:
- Zisser Tire and Auto
- Quik Trip
- Family Dollar
- Ross Dress for Less
- Shoe Carnival
- Hibbett Sports
- Taco Bell
- Sprint Store
- Phillips 66
Police were able to get a handle on the looting around 1:30 a .m. but a command post will remain on scene in Ferguson, MO.