Ferguson Mayor: Many Looters were Out-of-Towners

The riots that have taken place in Ferguson, Missouri were allegedly the result of a cop shooting and killing an unarmed black teen. Though it certainly wouldn’t surprise me to find out that the incident was yet another case of a cop abusing his authority, we don’t know all the details of what happened and should consider both sides. Oftentimes, we find that the truth is somewhere in the middle.

Regardless of whether or not this was another case of “cops gone wild,” there is no legitimate reason for people to react the way they did in destroying businesses and stealing merchandise. Here’s a clip showing people looting a QuikTrip. You can hear someone yelling, “Anything we want!”:

As it turns out, many of those people may not have even been Ferguson residents. World Net Daily spoke with the Ferguson mayor, who noted that many of them came from out of town:

The mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, says many of the people who smashed, looted, burned and destroyed in the aftermath of protests following a fatal police shooting of a teenager were out-of-towners.

“Once the vigil dispersed, the people who showed up saw their numbers and got really brave, then people started driving in from other areas to steal stuff,” Mayor James Knowles told WND.

“A lot of the people aren’t even from our town; but they came in and stole from our businesses and left our town in ruins, and made it look like there are racial tensions here that simply aren’t what they made them out to be. Such a shame that we have people with an axe to grind, coming here to grind it,” he said.

It makes absolutely no sense that residents would react to an incident they perceived as being unjust by destroying their own town. It makes a lot more sense to find out that people from surrounding areas heard about it and descended on the town in mob-like fashion, using the shooting as an excuse.