Another night of protests, looting in Ferguson

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Posted on August 16, 2014 at 1:59 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 16 at 6:39 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Multiple police agencies were called to Ferguson early Saturday morning following reports of violence.

About 200 protesters clashed with police at the height of the disturbance at the Ferguson Market, where they began looting.  Police said they tried to set the store on fire.

St. Louis County Police tell News 4 there has been more looting of stores near West Florissant.  According to police, a liquor store, an electronics store, and a beauty supply store were looted, 

About 100 police officers in riot gear moved in to disperse the crowd.  One officer was injured by a thrown brick or rock.

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Police said there was also at least one shooting victim rushed to Christian Northeast Hospital.  No other details about that shooting have been released, other than it took place at the intersection of West Florissant and Canfield Drive.

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At one point, protesters locked their arms and turned their backs to police.

There are reports that peaceful protesters, including Alderman Antonio French, attempted to calm tensions.  Groups were seen blocking entrances to local stores to keep looters from entering.

There are no official reports of arrests being made.  As looting occurred, police dressed in riot gear mainly stood and watched, apparently under orders not to engage.

News 4's Russell Kinsaul reported police arrived on scene around 6:15 a.m. to make sure only authorized people were inside businesses as well as clearing parking lots. 

Community members also arrived to start the clean-up process for businesses damaged by looters. 

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