Who gets their property protected? The business owners who protect it themselves, that’s who.
The triggering event was a police shooting. Some are saying that the shooting victim was unarmed and was not refusing to cooperate. There’s no video footage yet, or official lawsuit that makes allegations, so I have no idea what is true. If you have read this blog, you know we tend to take police homicides and other acts of violence very seriously. But right now it is impossible to know what really happened.
What we do know is that no business owner in Ferguson had anything to do with shooting anyone. Yet violent men have attacked local businesses, looting and destroying them. KMOV posted an interactive map.
Whether the police are at fault in the case of the young man who was shot, it is an outrage that this violence is permitted. J.C. Wireless, Hibbett Sports, Auto Zone, Taco Bell and other businesses had nothing to do with the police action, pay taxes for police protection, and they are getting little to no help. Willful looters and rioters take what they want and destroy property.