New Africans defending the People at Ferguson, in the State of Missouri [link]
Note: the following is written for a monopolist media agency whose target audience are capitalists (yes, really). The author conflates all people as "protesters", despite there being no organization to the people.
"Protesters in Missouri Loot Businesses"
2014-08-16 by Ben Kesling for "Dow Jones Newswires":
FERGUSON, Mo.--Protesters here began smashing glass windows and looting local businesses early Saturday morning, before others calling for calm stepped in and barricaded broken windows to prevent further theft.
After two days of peaceful protests following the appointment of new police leadership meant to settle anger that has been simmering since the police-involved shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.
Just after midnight, protesters who had been content to stay on the sidewalks all Friday moved en mass into the streets and confronted police officers who donned riot gear and drove up in armored vehicles for the first time since Wednesday.
Protesters wore bandannas over their faces and chanted "No justice, no peace" as police, formed in a line, used a megaphone saying "You must clear the roadway or face arrest."
Men who said they were members of the New Black Panther Party worked to push protesters back and maintain order while instigators cursed the police and some ran around the side of a nearby building to grab pre-made Molotov cocktails, though none was lighted or thrown.
Some young men in masks kicked in the front door of a liquor store, and looting began as men started grabbing armfuls of bottles from the store.
The front glass door of a beauty supply store was also kicked in, but other men quickly stood guard in front of the store to prevent looters from going in.
"We don't loot, we're just standing up for what we believe in," said a man standing in front of the store who declined to give his name. [NOTE: the man is guarding the store, but the article's author and his editor are making it appear that the man is a looter!]
"Nobody's in there right now," said another man, wearing a hoodie, who wouldn't give his name.
Police slowly advanced in a line toward the crowds, but stopped short of engaging them as the looting subsided.
"It's not serving the purpose," said James Bryant, a 31-year-old from St. Louis as he watched a young man rummage through a mobile phone store after smashing a glass door "The cause was to prevent police brutality."
Looters and protesters soon scattered, driving their cars down side streets as some said they were worried about the safety of their vehicles if the police advanced further.
After about an hour, looting was under control with protesters and police at a standoff.