Black lives matter, but first a snack. That would appear to be the takeaway from a 5-minute surveillance video newly released by the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department. The recording shows some 180 looters forcing their way into a neighborhood food market following the Nov. 24 announcement that a grand jury had elected not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.
The purpose of distributing the video, according to the Smoking Gun, is to aid law enforcement in tracking down those who pillaged the Dellwood Market, which had also been robbed in the days after Brown was shot to death last August by police officer Darren Wilson.
The clip, which follows, shows looters struggling in vain to breach the front door. After several minutes, they gain entrance through a window boarded up during the initial robbery.
Many of the thieves — some of whom escaped with potato chips — are seen wearing hoodies, masks, and hats in an apparent attempt to cloak their identities.
In a related matter, the Justice Department announced today that it had wrapped up its case against Wilson, who was cleared of any civil rights violations. The outcome is hard surprising inasmuch as there had never been evidence of racial motivation on Wilson’s part to justify such an investigation in the first place. It will be interesting to learn how much the department under the supervision of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder spent on this investigation.
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