More than 60 people were arrested last night and early this morning in connection with violence in the Ferguson area following the release of the St. Louis County Grand Jury decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown during a confrontation on August 9 while Wilson was investigating a convenience store burglary.
The jury chose not to indict Wilson on any charge after pouring over hours of evidence during 25 meetings since late August. Following the announcement last night, several businesses in Ferguson were targeted for vandalism and arson, with 14 businesses burned on South Florissant, West Florissant, and New Halls Ferry Road. Protestors also clashed with police near the Ferguson Police Station, and two St. Louis County Police cars were also burned. Gunshots were fired throughout the night, but according to St. Louis County Police, none were fired by law enforcement. Local hospitals in the St. Louis area report about nearly two dozen injures related to the violence, including two gunshot wounds. St. Louis County Police are also investigating the death of a man who was found this morning in a car not far from where Michael Brown was shot and killed. This morning, peaceful protestors walked in and along the streets of downtown Clayton in reaction to the grand jury decision. There were no arrests reported. As a result of the violence, a number of area school districts, some government offices and businesses were closed today.