Pro­test­ers tar­get Black Fri­day

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

Tgrand jury took a decision not to in­dict a white po­lice of­fi­cer for fa­tally shoot­ing un­armed black teenager Michael Brown.

De­spite pleas from the fam­ily and Pres­i­dent Obama him­self for any protest to re­main peace­ful and “within the rule of law”, pro­tes­tors took to the streets of Fer­gu­son burn­ing shops and loot­ing. And ahead of here has been no peace in Fer­gu­son Mis­souri ever since a Fri­day’s Black Fri­day sales in the US things re­port­edly got worse.

Pro­test­ers in Fer­gu­son ap­par­ently started tar­get­ing Black Fri­day sales at ma­jor re­tail­ers Thurs­day night into the wee hours of Fri­day morn­ing as anger and vi­o­lence con­tinue to mark the grand jury’s decision.

Inside a Wal­mart store demon­stra­tors, how­ever, held a peace­ful protest re­peat­ing the phrase “Hands up, don’t shoot!” They were soon moved along by po­lice but shifted their at­ten­tion to a Tar­get store.

Since the shoot­ing of Brown by of­fi­cer Dar­ren Wilson on Au­gust 9, 2014 there has been much ten­sion in Fer­gu­son, most of it mo­ti­vated by race re­la­tions. Since then the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment has em­barked on a probe into pos­si­ble civil rights abuses, and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has called for re­flec­tion on the dif­fi­cul­ties mi­nori­ties face in the coun­try.

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