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US police chief: Fabric of Ferguson torn apart

November 25, 2014

FERGUSON, Missouri (AP) — St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says at least a dozen businesses are burning after protests in Ferguson turned violent.

Belmar said early Tuesday morning that two police cruisers also were burned and that he “personally heard about 150 shots fired” over the course of the night.

Belmar says the protests that followed the announcement that a Ferguson police officer wouldn’t be indicted in Michael Brown’s shooting death were “probably much worse than the worst night we ever had in August” after Brown was killed.

He says police did not fire a shot during Monday night’s protests. But he says the fabric of the community has been torn apart.

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