Ferguson decision: Ruling sparks violence

ST LOUIS - The St Louis suburb of Ferguson has seen rioting and looting after a jury decision not to bring charges over the killing of Michael Brown.

A local police chief said the violence was "probably much worse than the worst night we ever had in August" after the black teenager was killed.

St Louis county police chief Jon Belmar said he had heard 150 shots fired by crowds.

Mr Brown was shot by a white police officer on 9 August, sparking protests.

Many in the African American community had called for police officer Darren Wilson to be charged with murder.

President Barack Obama joined the teenager's family on Monday in appealing for calm, urging Americans to accept the decision was "the grand jury's to make''.

The BBC's Aleem Maqbool reported seeing more vandalism and looting after the ruling than on any night in August.

"I didn't see a lot of peaceful protest out there tonight, and I'm disappointed about that," Mr Belmar said. "Unfortunately this spun out of control."

Comments (1)

Racism is a permanent feature (structure) of the United States society. (i) The Declaration of Independence inspired by Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the new country, excluded the Black people's inalienable rights who were being sold on the markets as Slaves or were other pieces of the Whiteman's property. (ii) The Constitution implemented by George Washington, the first USA President and father of the nation, set up and defined the duties of the Government which was to meticulously to be observed, especially, in the protection of the rights of its citizens (White colonialists). Therefore, marches which are the Civil Rights Movement's main weapon for bringing about equality, are dealing with the symptoms of racism. Coincidental or not, they are dealing with symptoms that will not change anything. Only additions or alterations to the Constitution of the country will effectively do the job.

Yepec - 26 December 2014

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