Looting and violence after vigil for teen killed by police in Missouri
FERGUSON, Missouri (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Looting and violence erupted after thousands attend a vigil for a Missouri teen shot and killed by police. 32 people have been arrested overnight.
The town of Ferguson is still on high alert Monday morning.
That looting continued into the early morning hours. Angry residents in Ferguson, Missouri are demanding answers following the weekend death of an unarmed African American at the hands of police.
Now the entire nation is watching as the investigation into just what happened begins.
Looters ransacked darkened stores and ran through the streets of Ferguson, Missouri overnight where anger is running high following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot by a police officer.
Angry protesters faced off against police in riot gear.
Earlier in the day, an emotional crowd gathered at the police headquarters calling for justice.
"This is going to be a long journey for us and a battle because no one is really telling us the truth of what happened to my nephew," said Elizbeth Spivey.
The shooting occurred near an apartment complex in the predominantly black suburb Saturday afternoon.
The Saint Louis County Police Chief said it all began when the officer encountered two people, one of whom was Michael Brown.
Somehow a struggle began when one of the men pushed the officer as he was trying to get out of his squad car.
"After that the officer came back out of his car. He exited his vehicle and there was a shooting that occurred where the officer in fact shot the subject," said Chief Jon Belmar.
Witnesses say the officer shot Brown multiple times, even after he put his arms up.
"He shot him in the face and in the chest and he fell down and shot him multiple times," said Piaget Crenshaw.
The Saint Louis County Police Department is handling the investigation.
Attorneys with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division have been instructed to monitor developments.
The Mayor of Furguson says they are having a hard time catching the looters because it was happening in multiple areas at the same time.
It's unknown right now how much damage has been done or if there were any injuries.
The officer who shot Brown is a six-year veteran and has been put on paid administrative leave.