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Ferguson Unrest Reignites After Michael Brown Memorial Burned

A memorial for slain Missouri teen Michael Brown was burned to the ground Tuesday morning, leading to new protests and at least one business broken into.

Posted on September 23, 2014, at 11:40 p.m. ET

UPDATED — Sept. 24, 10:15 p.m. ET: St. Louis Post-Dispatch crime reporter said that in total four police officers were inured during Tuesday's unrest, when rocks were thrown at cops.

Four police officers, two STL County and 2 Ferguson were injured by rocks during Tuesday unrest in Ferguson

Christine Byers@ChristineDByers

Four police officers, two STL County and 2 Ferguson were injured by rocks during Tuesday unrest in Ferguson

4:09 PM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

One of two memorials to slain Ferguson, Missouri, teen Michael Brown was discovered burning early Tuesday morning on the street where he was killed. It was not clear how the fire started.

The site where the unarmed 18-year-old was shot by a police officer and killed has become sacred to many in the weeks following his death, and candles have often burned through the night.
AP Photo/Jacob Crawford

The site where the unarmed 18-year-old was shot by a police officer and killed has become sacred to many in the weeks following his death, and candles have often burned through the night.

Video captured the fire at the Brown memorial on Canfield Drive.

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By late morning, the memorial had been rebuilt with new teddy bears and messages on signs.
AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

By late morning, the memorial had been rebuilt with new teddy bears and messages on signs.

Even though it was still unclear how the fire started, the destruction of the memorial has broken the calm in the city.

This has been a fragile peace these last few days. After the fire at the #MikeBrown memorial this morning many feared tonight would be bad.

Antonio French@AntonioFrench

This has been a fragile peace these last few days. After the fire at the #MikeBrown memorial this morning many feared tonight would be bad.

7:29 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Gun shots were fired in the community Tuesday evening, Alderman Antonio French said on Twitter.

You can see shotguns in two police officers hands in the last pic. While snapping, we heard nearby shots #Ferguson

Charles Wade@akacharleswade

You can see shotguns in two police officers hands in the last pic. While snapping, we heard nearby shots #Ferguson

4:32 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

No police on scene yet. Young people breaking into Beauty Town. "Burn it down!" one yells.

Antonio French@AntonioFrench

No police on scene yet. Young people breaking into Beauty Town. "Burn it down!" one yells.

7:22 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Owner of Beauty Town: "This is the third time we've been hit." @kmov #ferguson

Jasmine Huda@jhuda

Owner of Beauty Town: "This is the third time we've been hit." @kmov #ferguson

5:04 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police responded to the incident quickly:

Looks like police chopper overhead in #Ferguson STLCO & MSHP on scene. Few protestors have either dispersed or moved.

Casey Nolen KSDK@CaseyNolen

Looks like police chopper overhead in #Ferguson STLCO & MSHP on scene. Few protestors have either dispersed or moved.

4:31 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Several police cars guarding the W. Florissant business district now. A few police cars have sped away, presumably towards another scene.

Antonio French@AntonioFrench

Several police cars guarding the W. Florissant business district now. A few police cars have sped away, presumably towards another scene.

4:48 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"We ready... we ready... we ready for y'all!" #Ferguson

Charles Wade@akacharleswade

"We ready... we ready... we ready for y'all!" #Ferguson

5:00 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Protesters were heard chanting, "We want an indictment," in reference to Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Brown.

The 10 days of protests and violence following the shooting has cost St. Louis County more than $4 million, Garry Earls, the county CEO told KMOV-TV Tuesday.

Earls said $2.6 million will be used to pay for police overtime, $1 million for Ferguson residents, $170,000 to repair damage to police vehicles caused by protesters, and another $146,000 for food and supplies for first responders.

UPDATED — Sept. 24, 1:00 a.m. ET: A fire reportedly started at the Whistle Stop on Carson Road Tuesday night.

Fires are being set Carson road a store has been burned down #Ferguson

Bassem Masri@bassem_masri

Fires are being set Carson road a store has been burned down #Ferguson

6:44 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

STLCO Bomb & Arson investigating small fire at #Ferguson Whistle Stop Cafe. FF's on scene say strong gasoline smell.

Casey Nolen KSDK@CaseyNolen

STLCO Bomb & Arson investigating small fire at #Ferguson Whistle Stop Cafe. FF's on scene say strong gasoline smell.

7:17 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Democratic Committeewoman Patricia Bynes tweeted that the fire had occurred outside of the Whistle Stop.

I'm at The Whistle Stop. It does not have damage. Something was burning outside of it

Patricia Bynes@Patricialicious

I'm at The Whistle Stop. It does not have damage. Something was burning outside of it

1:21 AM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

UPDATE — Sept. 23, 1:22 a.m. ET: French tweeted that arrests were being made in Ferguson as police clear the streets.

Police are clearing the streets. Arrests being made.

Antonio French@AntonioFrench

Police are clearing the streets. Arrests being made.

1:19 AM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

They just walked in the crowd of protestors & started arresting people. #Ferguson

Alexis @MusicOverPeople

They just walked in the crowd of protestors & started arresting people. #Ferguson

7:18 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

UPDATE — Sept. 24, 1:35 a.m. ET: Rocks and other objects were reportedly being thrown at police.

Rocks and bottles being thrown at officers new cars now... #Ferguson

Charles Wade@akacharleswade

Rocks and bottles being thrown at officers new cars now... #Ferguson

7:26 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Rocks being thrown at police. Officers rush toward the remaining protesters at W. Florissant and Canfield. Protestors retreat down Canfield.

Antonio French@AntonioFrench

Rocks being thrown at police. Officers rush toward the remaining protesters at W. Florissant and Canfield. Protestors retreat down Canfield.

7:33 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

UPDATE — Sept. 24, 2:50 a.m. ET: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photojournalist Robert Cohen tweeted this photo of the arrest:

Rocks and bricks thrown at police in #Ferguson. Police move in.

Robert Cohen@kodacohen

Rocks and bricks thrown at police in #Ferguson. Police move in.

8:40 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Earlier tonight as police began to clear the street...

Antonio French@AntonioFrench

Earlier tonight as police began to clear the street...

8:48 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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