FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)- Police presence is in question after St. Louis County and Missouri State Highway Patrol officers left the scene in Ferguson once looters began attacking businesses overnight.
Protesters believe the media has started to confuse the difference between themselves and the looters. Fights have begun on the streets as well as social media with some believing this has become similar to a game of chess.
According to one peaceful protester, several of them literally put their bodies in between the looters and the different businesses. She feels their efforts were forced after several police officers got into their cars and drove away.
@stlcountypd also confirms its officers responded to looting at Ferguson Market, but were told to stand down by incident command.
— FOX2now (@FOX2now) August 16, 2014
Plenty of militarized cops out in force to harass peaceful protesters & journalists, AWOL when actual looting takes place.
Editor’s note: According to at least one eyewitness, police also stood idly by during last week’s round of looting. See the video below: