St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay condemns the violent protests in St. Louis, after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in August. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay condemned Monday night's violence in the city after the Darren Wilson decision was announced, saying it "sets back the cause of social justice." "A number of windows were broken -- 21 windows broken here, on South Grand. About seven windows broken in other places in the city of St. Louis. There were 21 arrests, six city violations as well as about 15 felony violations," Slay said. Police fired tear gas and protesters set businesses ablaze in Ferguson, Missouri, in racially charged unrest sparked by a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in August. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said early on Tuesday that at least a dozen buildings were torched and that he counted about 150 gunshots during a night of looting, vandalism, arson and clashes between demonstrators and police that resulted in at least 29 arrests. Flights over the area were restricted and police struggled to contain protesters who took to the streets of Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, smashing shop windows and torching cars and businesses despite President Barack Obama's calls for restraint. Although no serious injuries were reported, Belmar said the rioting on Monday night and early Tuesday morning was "much worse" than disturbances which erupted in the immediate aftermath of the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Protests were also staged on Monday night in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Oakland, California, and Washington, D.C., over a case that has highlighted long-standing racial tensions not just in predominantly black Ferguson but across the United States.