Looters on Monday broke into the Ferguson store of a man who had refused to board up his shop windows because he thought “good will would prevail.”
Looters broke into STL Cordless, a store owned by Sonny Dayan, during protests that followed the Aug. 9 police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Last week, Dayan told The Huffington Post that he didn’t think it would happen again.
“I’ve got so much support and so much faith in the good of Ferguson that I’m not going to give up just because there’s some criminal elements,” Dayan said. “We created awareness that wasn’t here into our neighborhood before, and now it’s nationwide.”
But on Monday, Dayan’s store was broken into again after a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer.
Looters also broke into a Ferguson liquor store during the protests on Monday.
As well as a McDonald's restaurant.
Last week, Dayan said he was confident that the protests after the grand jury announcement would be different than those in August.
“I’m almost certain that good will overcome,” Dayan told HuffPost. “Ain’t no doubt in my mind.”
In August, The Washington Post reported that the protests in Ferguson had been populated by distinct groups, with varying motives and methods. Among them were what the Post called “the militants,” including opportunistic looters who had traveled to the St. Louis suburb with the intent of capitalizing on chaos.
It’s unclear how the dynamic among the demonstrators has changed since August.
Nick Wing contributed reporting.
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