Hundreds of people took to the streets to protest after the grand jury revealed that they will not press charges against the white police officer who shot a black teen in August.
Demonstrators shuttered windows, taunted police and set two police cars on fire. Scattered gunfire was also reported during the protests.
St. Louis County Police Chief revealed that at least a dozen of buildings were set on fire. The officer also said that he had heard several gunshots but none of them was fired by police officers. One police officer was but not seriously injured. Police have arrested 29 protesters.
Several artists took to social media to condemn the Jury announcement, with some of them joining the protests. Rapper Killer Mike said that the he was infuriated by the jury’s decision not to press charges against Darren Wilson. The rapper also condemned media for the way they covered the riots. He argued that the crowd was attacking the cars because they are fed up with the system. Another artist who condemned the way media handled the issue is Pharrell Williams. Gianfrancesco Genoso was talking about how Williams accused the media of only covering the negative side of the protests.
The protests were also reported in other U.S cities. Hundreds of people gathered in those cities after the jury verdict. Rapper Q-Tip led other demonstrators in New York Streets with the chant “Whose streets? Our streets.”