The frustrations among civilians and police alike nearly resulted in another violent encounter last night in Ferguson, Mo. But cooler heads prevailed, with the help of protestors, who stood their ground in the face of law enforcement and inebriated looters, according to a member of the press.
Reignited by newly surfaced footage of slain teenager Mike Brown allegedly committing petty theft in a convenience store, a distraction if nothing else, protestors blocked a main street. Police ordered them to leave, but they refused.
Ironically, nearby looters partook in more volatile actions by letting out their frustrations at a beauty store and a meat market. They also attempted to break into the store Brown was accused of stealing from, but were thwarted by members of the community who barricaded themselves in front of it. Some locations were spared, while others were ransacked.
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