Riots & looting break out in Missouri after vigil for teen killed by police

(WXYZ) - At least 32 people were arrested early Monday morning after looting and riots broke out in Missouri.

Chaos erupted on the streets of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis.

Looters broke into at least a dozen stores, running off with whatever they could carry. One gas station was set on fire.

More than 20 police cruisers were damaged in the riots. Police used tear gas to get the crowd under control.

There were reports of assaults taking place throughout the night, but no serious injuries were reported.

The violence followed a candlelight vigil for 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed teen who was shot and killed by police over the weekend in Ferguson.

Police are still investigating what led up to the shooting.

Witnesses say Brown appeared to be surrendering when shots were fired, but the department's police chief believes there was a struggle for the officer's gun.

The officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave.

Brown's family has hired the same attorney who represented the family of Trayvon Martin. A news conference is planned for Monday afternoon.
 

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