Screenshot from Ferguson unrest after grand jury decision on November 24. Baseem Masri’s live stream, screenshot taken by Eric Wynen, The Current.
On November 26, two arrests were made overnight as protestors gathered outside the Ferguson
Police Department. Police are looking for the person or persons who took an AR-15 from a police car
that was flipped and torched the night before.
On November 27, Thanksgiving Day, no arrests were made. Volunteers dropped off food to the
National Guard who had to work over the holiday. Volunteers also gathered at churches to help in soup
kitchens and others gathered on South Florissant to help vandalized businesses in Ferguson board up
broken windows. Volunteers also gathered at South Grand to help those businesses that were
Protestors disrupted Black Friday shopping for stores that were open on Thanksgiving.
Protestors were at Target and Wal-Mart in Brentwood, two Wal-Marts in St. Charles, and one Wal-Mart
in Manchester. In Maplewood and Kirkwood, police and National Guard members were present in case
of escalated violence.
On November 28, demonstrators used the social media hashtag #NotOneDime, #Blacklivesmatter, and
#Stlblackfriday to stage a “Die In” at the Gallaria on Black Friday. The “Die In” consisted of protestors
lying on the ground in remembrance for those who were killed. Demonstrators met at Shaw Park then
were told to go to the Gallaria around 10 a.m. Stores closed gates and doors as about two to three
hundred protestors moved past the stores. Two Macy’s employees came out to lead a chant. The mall
closed to let everyone leave. Protestors stayed outside the mall to march for about ninety minutes after.
The mall reopened about two hours later.
Protestors were at the Galleria, Chesterfield and West County malls throughout the day with the
intent to close the malls. West County Mall was closed about fifteen minutes around 4:30 p.m. About
one hundred protestors were at the Chesterfield Mall and the mall was closed from about 7 to 8 p.m.
Protestors gathered outside of Ferguson Police Department once again on November 28. A
police officer was injured during the protests overnight. That night, sixteen arrests were made and only
one was from St. Louis.
Friday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced there will be funds available to help businesses
destroyed during the unrest. There will be $625,000 of zero interest loans available for businesses. For
more information, check out the Small Business Relief Program online or by phone at 314-206-3235 or
e-mail at RecoverySTL@stlregionalchamber.com. Representatives from the Missouri Department of
Insurance are open to answer questions at 800-726-7390. Missourians who lost their jobs during the
Ferguson unrest can be eligible for unemployment benefits and should visit moclaim.mo.gov.
Governor Nixon also announced Friday that he is calling a Special Session for Missouri
Legislature to ensure payment for ongoing operations in Ferguson and elsewhere in the region. The
Governor is expected to exceed the estimated budget $4 million for National Guard services and $3.4
million for the State Emergency Management Agency, which includes the Highway Patrol. The budget
covers emergency response events between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. He will be asking the
Missouri General Assembly for more money to pay police enforcement and National Guard services for
Ferguson and the St. Louis region.
On November 28, the annual Ferguson Northern Lights celebration that was to be held on
November 30 was postponed.
On November 29, Officer Darren Wilson, police officer for six years, resigned from the Ferguson Police Department. His statement: “I, Darren Wilson, hereby resign my commission as a police officer with the City of Ferguson effective immediately. I have been told that my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk, which is a circumstance I cannot allow. For obvious reasons, I wanted to wait until the grand jury made their decision before I officially made my decision to resign. It was my hope to continue in police work but the safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me. It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal. I would like to thank all my supporters and fellow officers throughout the process.”
Crowd sourcing utilized in Ferguson unrest
GoFundMe sites are available to support a variety of businesses and people affected by the
Ferguson unrest. Since insurance will not cover property damage, businesses in Ferguson and Dellwood
are using a crowd sourcing website on GoFundMe to pay for damages. Such businesses sites are the
Ferguson Market, The Flood Christian Church, Little Caesars Pizza, STL Cordless, Cathy’s Kitchen, Beauty
World, Natalie’s Cakes and More, Juanita’s Ferguson Boutique, The Vine, Cose Dolci, El Palenque,
Faraci’s Pizza, Dellwood Conoco, Sam’s Market and Solo Insurance. There are also funds to support STL
Together, Michael Brown’s Siblings, Police Support, and Protestor Support.