One Image Sums Up What Ferguson Residents Are Really About

Looting can often overshadow the narrative surrounding a protest.

And on Friday night, community members in Ferguson did their best to make sure that wouldn't happen. 

After a night of relatively peaceful policing, Friday night marked an uptick in strife following the police's announcement of the identity of the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, and released a video of Brown allegedly robbing a store, which seemed like an attempt to demonize him. 

But many residents of Ferguson did not welcome the violence. They gathered outside stores to defend them from looters and keep things relatively in control.

Take a look:



Police presence: The police were less active in suppressing protests on Friday; Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said officers didn't want to raise tensions by going in after looters.

After the killing, police intervention is understandably unwanted by Ferguson protesters. And St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, who was arrested on Wednesday, documented what was going on.




It's easy to let the actions of a few obscure the peaceful intentions of the broader group. As the protesters made clear: They want justice, but also want an end to the chaos.

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Matt Connolly

Matt has written for Mother Jones, the Washington Examiner and Chicago Public Radio among many others. He's a resident of Washington, D.C., but much like Bruce Springsteen and pork roll he is a product of New Jersey.

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