Police responded in significant numbers and considerable force to protestors reacting to the St. Louis County grand jury “no bill” verdict on the Michael Brown shooting. Video of the scene showed police meeting attacks on St. Louis county police cars with swift action including beanbags and multiple tear gas vollies and arrests. CNN is reporting sounds of gunshots (which may have been those beanbags), sporadic looting and at least one storefront on fire. As of the time of writing, despite the significant law enforcement presence and a forceful response, the violence appears to be escalating with . . .
multiple reports of small arms fire. There are also reports that a local Walgreens is burning. You can listen to St. Louis County police calls here.
The police are not, however, attempting to stop or arrest looters, who have entered the liquor store where Michael Brown committed a strong arm robery, a wireless store and an auto parts store.