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More than 30 arrests in violence following Michael Brown vigil

Posted: Aug 11, 2014 1:57 PM by The Associated Press
Updated: Aug 11, 2014 2:19 PM

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FERGUSON (AP) - Streets in the Missouri community of Ferguson are relative quiet this morning. There's some debris left over from the unrest last night, when crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city.

More than 30 people were arrested on charges including assault, burglary and theft. Police say two officers suffered minor injuries.

The violence followed a candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by police in the St. Louis suburb. Police say Michael Brown was shot multiple times during a scuffle with an officer. The investigation into what led to the shooting continues.

Among the businesses that were looted last night were a check-cashing store, a boutique and a small grocery store. Some in the crowd climbed atop police cars as officers with riot shields and batons stood nearby, trying to restrict access to the most seriously affected areas.

Mayor James Knowles says a "small group of people" created "a huge mess." He said, "We're only hurting ourselves, only hurting our community, hurting our neighbors."

Saturday's shooting has drawn criticism from some civil rights leaders. A board member of the NAACP says, "Yet again, a young African-American man has been killed by law enforcement."

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