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Ferguson Riots: North County Business Owners (Some Armed) Survey the Damage

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Bryan Sutter
Mike Gutierrez (left) and Adam Weinstein (third from left) brought guns to guard their store during the riots in Ferguson last night.
Nobody is robbing St. Louis Ink Tattoo Studio anytime soon. Or County Guns, for that matter.

The two north-county businesses share a storefront in a Florissant strip mall less than ten minute drive from the epicenter of last night's riots in Ferguson. After nightfall, what began as a community's peaceful demonstration against the Ferguson Police Department's shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown turned increasingly violent. Crowds plundered a QuikTrip and burned it to the ground, and local news began reporting brazen raids on other stores in the area.

After hearing of the roving bands of looters, Mike Gutierrez knew he had to protect his tattoo shop. He brought a posse with him, including Adam Weinstein, owner of County Guns, who was acutely worried about criminals getting their hands on his merchandise.

"We didn't want them coming in here and then running around with a bunch of free guns," Weinstein told Daily RFT when we arrive at the store around 12:30 a.m. this morning. Weinstein was outfitted with an assault rifle, pistol and tactical vest. Gutierrez cradled his own rifle in his hands.

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Gutierrez, Weinstein and their group arrived to find thieves tearing through a Dollar General in the same strip mall that houses their business. Weinstein says the looters attempted moving toward the shop, but were scared off by the guns. Then the police arrived.

"There were like two SWAT vans, two dozen cop cars," said one woman. The cops apparently checked out the situation and then tore off to some other crisis.

"It is what it is," said Gutierrez, summing up the situation. He adjusted the straps on a Kevlar bib that looked cartoonishly tiny compared to his bulk. "People just got too into their emotions."

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Danny Wicentowski
Up N Up Fashion was hit hard by looters who stole clothing and smashed mannequins.
Not all north county business owners had the luxury of taking such a philosophical approach to the chaos. At the other end of the same strip mall that houses Gutierrez and Weinstein's business, 53-year-old Silas Chung arrived at his women's clothing store, Up N Up Fashion, to find a pane of glass shattered and a mannequin lying on its back in the parking lot.

Inside the store, racks of newly stocked clothing had been stripped bare. Chung has endured a couple burglaries in the past nine years of running the store, but nothing comparable.

"They never break in like this before, so big like this," he said.

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Danny Wicentowski
The police arrested this guy near the Shop 'n Save on North Florissant Road.
At least twelve businesses were hit by looters over the course of the night, reports KSDK. Daily RFT counted about a half dozen other store owners standing guard at their businesses, though none as visibly armed as Gutierrez and company. Some owners peered out from inside darkened shop windows, while others waited inside their cars in the parking lot.

Arrests continued throughout the pre-dawn hours. An attempted break-in at the Shop 'n Save on North Florissant Road -- less than three miles from the destroyed QuikTrip -- ended with police detaining a man and tying him up. He or other looters also broke into a nearby Cricket Wireless.

The action appeared to calm by around 5 a.m. Police said they made 32 arrests during the riots.

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Danny Wicentowski
The gas station at the intersection of Chambers Road and Florissant Avenue served as a major staging area for police on Sunday night.

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Danny Wicentowski
Dollar General on West Florissant Avenue was also hit by looters.

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Danny Wicentowski
A heavily armed SWAT team hung out at this Walgreen's at Chambers Road and Florissant Avenue around midnight.

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com



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johnnyrichmond911
johnnyrichmond911

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GeorgeVreelandHill18
GeorgeVreelandHill18

Imagine looting a dollar store. 

Well, I guess that since some of these lowlifes don't work, it must seem like high-end stuff to them. 


George Vreeland Hill

tersmith1
tersmith1

This picture does not go with the weather conditions of the evening this is clearly a picture that doesnt go with this article .. I call BS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

starkjv
starkjv topcommenter

The RIOTING in FERGERSON, MISSOURI has very little to do with the untimely DEATH of MICHAEL BROWN a well-known YOUNG BLACK THUG, and everything to do with BLACKS FOLKS DISTASTE for WHITE AUTHORITY FIGURES working in their PREDOMINATELY-BLACK-BLIGHTED-CRACK-INFESTED-ENTITLEMENT LIFESTYLE COMMUNITIES!

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BLACK FOLKS are sooOOOOO DUMB that they BURN DOWN and LOOT BUSINESSES in their own COMMUNITIES when they don’t get their way!

WHITE POLICE OFFICERS, WHITE TEACHERS and WHITE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS WORKING in PREDOMINATELY-BLACK-BLIGHTED-CRACK-INFESTED-ENTITLEMENT LIFESTYLE COMMUNITIES all across AMERICA are currently WORKING on an EXIT STRATEGY, and rightfully sooOOOOOO!

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rajon.rondo
rajon.rondo

holy dumb shits batman, if you're going to loot....you don't loot the fucking dollar store!

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iAlias
iAlias

"Shooting of unarmed blah blah blah"

Yeah nevermind the fact that he used the threat of violence just minutes earlier to rob a store. Not even for necessities. For swishers so he could roll some blunts!

Nevermind the fact that he's six foot four and 300 lbs and was TRYING TO ARM HIMSELF by wrestling away the deputies firearm.

Yeah nevermind all that pertienent stuff. Just make sure to throw some coals on the fire by using irresponsible reporting. You people share some blame for the damages done from rioting by making that kind of report.

SaveUSA
SaveUSA

The injustice done now is to the good citizens and business owners of Ferguson.  These folks have paid the salaries of the police for years and when their livelihood is being looted, trampled and burned, what is the police response?....to sit back and observe, are you kidding me?  It's time every armed believer in this country shows up to support these people.  If the police won't police, then the public must.  Anyone not peaceful and protective gets a bullet, end of story.

ednraleigh
ednraleigh

The riots are due to the Democrats trying to rid Missouri of the SUPER majority of Republicans.  States controlled by Democrats today will NOT have riots tomorrow.  The next states to riot will be Georgia then Texas.

BrotherDerek
BrotherDerek

saraellenhall, please read the article in full.


"Gutierrez, Weinstein and their group arrived to find thieves tearing through a Dollar General in the same strip mall that houses their business. Weinstein says the looters attempted moving toward the shop, but were scared off by the guns. Then the police arrived."


So yeah, their shops were protected by an overwhelming show of force, and not merely geography. 

FiftycalTX
FiftycalTX

Any question NOW about why people want STANDARD CAPACITY (20-30 round) MAGAZINES?

swhite999
swhite999

In future news:  "Dozens of stores close down in wake of rioting" 

In future future news:  "Black leaders decry the lack of stores in their area" 

luckiraq
luckiraq

I am combat vet with close to 9 years in the armed forces. Just recently it was announced that most of the military equipment returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are being given to local law enforcement nation wide. You have a civilian force that is being armed and treated like a military unit when they are not even close!!! That is like giving matches to a toddler. 



Several retired Police officers officials agree that Law enforcement has become more militarized. One being the ex Police chief of Baltimore and former SWAT Founder  Charles J Key. 26 year veteran.


SRT or SWAT teams are used more than ever against a majority of non violent offenders than ever before. Numbers from 1992 was about 1000 SWAT teams raids a year. In 2012 nationwide there were close to 52 thousand!!!


This is not just about black and white, but the beginning (i said beginning) of a police state.


These actions against our civilians have been against all color and creeds.


So it is not unfair to assume that the cop in question crossed the line.


A population that has less to lose is more likely to revolt. (Financial means)


That's where poverty and education come in to play.


So lets stop the name calling forget about race because when it starts to happen in your neighborhood or against your community what will you do???


(And it should not matter but I am white guy) 


rednecksailor
rednecksailor

It never fails. Let one Black get shot for something, and lo and behold, 20 witnesses come forward saying he didn't have a gun, had his hands up, etc.

If one of those looters carrying away a TV had been shot, he was shot while just walking down the sidewalk.

Bullshit! 

jamesbrains
jamesbrains

Couldn't they have just as easily defended their store with knives or bows or lawn chairs or something?

xhidden99
xhidden99

Nuke St. Louis from orbit. Kill them all.

jlkjr54
jlkjr54

These people are no different than the terrorists like ISIS,HAMAS,HEZBELLAH,AL-QEADA,TALIBAN, and on and on. Give them freedom and they turn savage and animalistic in a second. What gives these riotors the permission to rob,steal,kill,destroy,other peoples property. When they get blown back out in the street on their backs after breaking and entering then maybe some of the others will get the message, unless they are to stupid. eric holder and obama are just instigating the division in this country and egging it on. How are these rioters able to find time to do this away from their jobs? If they are not working and on govt benefits they stop all benefits forever to them. You get no free stuff when acting like animals. Why have we not heard the police shooting these people or call the national guard in. obama would love nothing more then to declare martial law and cancel the elections and make himself dictator in charge,forever.

winghunter
winghunter

@luckiraq 

Was it a SWAT team or a lone officer that the 6+ foot 250 pound 18 year old man attempted to take a weapon off of?

Do you have any idea how many officers are killed with their own weapons each year? (Most of whom are war vets)

Do not conflate the issues of Obama's creation of federal and local law enforcement tyranny with a lone officer trying to protect his own life.

trinil1
trinil1

@jamesbrains If the point of having weapons is to hurt people, then yes, knives and bows would have been good enough. But that's not the point. The point is to deter people from CONSIDERING doing harm to one's self or one's property. In order to do that, there has to be a clear and apparent advantage. Guns display that advantage pretty well. Lawn Chairs do not.

rednecksailor
rednecksailor

@jamesbrains Naw. knives or lawn chairs don't do much good. 'Course a bow will do the job. You don't want them to get close enough to you to have to use a knife or lawn chair.

It's easy to tell you've never been in combat.

rajon.rondo
rajon.rondo

@jlkjr54 you're a complete and udder(yes udder, like a cow because I'm pretty sure you're an ugly fat fuck too) retard.  -a white guy (since thats clearly important to you)

InglewoodRyder
InglewoodRyder

@jlkjr54 Maybe you white people should wonder what it was like when you were raping the natives in the Americas.  Maybe you should look at the harm that your own bastardized christian religion has spawned since Rome invented it 1600 years ago.

Maybe you white people should stop crying like little bitches whenever black people or Mexican people raise hell, because you lazy pigs started the mess when you wanted cheap labor.  Your punk fathers and sissy grandfathers didn't want to tend their own fields, or dig their own ditches, so they looked for  somebody else to do it.  I guess that you didn't expect your labor force to actually procreate.

Now YOUR DAUGHTERS are mixing with us.  YOUR DAUGHTERS listen to our music, and can't wait to get pregnant by us.  YOUR WIVES are going behind your back and enjoying what nature gave more of to us than you, and they like it, and YOU KNOW IT.

Your race is doomed.  Only around 12% of the Earth's population is Anglo, and guess what?  We're taking over, and your women are going to help us do it.  Get used to some mulatto grandbabies, because your women know who to come to when they want it good and deep.

Why don't you send me your phone number so I can take care of that woman you got?  You can watch if you want.  You can be my little white trick too if you got it in you.  I'll breed you like a bitch. 


luckiraq
luckiraq

This is not just about one shooting. This police Dpt. Is 2/3 white in a neighborhood that is 75% African American. They have a history of violating the rights of there local civilians. There actions speak louder than words. The response they have shown is unprofessional. Several areas around the world which are much more hostile the r.o.e would not permit those type of actions from soldiers, marines, sailors or airman. If the information would have been released as it should have per freedom of information act much of this might of not happened. I don't know if it was a "clean shoot" but the way they acted makes it seem they are covering the incident up.

rajon.rondo
rajon.rondo

@winghunter hes not talking about this one incident, how the hell are some of you not seeing the bigger picture.....
The police being militarized in America is a very very bad thing for freedom and the future of this country....do you own any history books?

iAlias
iAlias

@winghunter I'd like to know how many officers are killed with their own weapons per annum.

I'll bet twenty bucks the answer fewer than one.

Cop isn't actually a dangerous job if you look at the statistics. And if that's why they should be celebrated then you need to start throwing parades for construction workers.

jlkjr54
jlkjr54

@rajon.rondo This is a perfect example of what is wrong with the a certain section of society you exposed yourself  about the only, one little thing, in your life that matters most,and you can not get past it. You are stuck on the evolutionary ladder and do not understand how to climb up. Yet you can climb down, then back up where you were, very well, over and over. Yet never get above and improve,make yourself better, get out of that gutter instead of staying in it. Have a wonderful night!

olmtngoats
olmtngoats

@InglewoodRyder Hmmm. . . the first slave owner in the USA was a Black Man.  Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

iAlias
iAlias

@InglewoodRyder So you complain about being stereotyped while using your own stereotypes. gg

History4you
History4you

@InglewoodRyder You are an idiot. Mexican people are the result of Spanish Conquistadors murdering the Native Americans, and fathering children with the surviving native women. So Spaniards murdered most of the native populations of the Americas, not "whites". Black people were and are enslaved by their own people. Fact: African slaves were captured by other Africans, and then sold to white traders on ships that were moored off of the African coast. Africans sold other Africans into slavery so that they could gain the cattle and land from the tribes they captured and sold. Fact: Nature did not give you more than anyone else. Blacks unfortunately were bred like beasts of burden when they were brought to the United States during legal slavery. Slaves were bred just like cattle and dogs, to keep the stronger traits that would help them do difficult work better. As far as taking over, a good portion of the world is populated by tribal societies. And Anglo societies tend to not be tribal. Tribal societies constantly battle each other, so even if all the Anglos disappear like you 'd like, the remaining tribal societies will continue to fight until everyone ceases to exist. A good example would be Africa. The wealthiest natural resource spot on Earth, yet its people cannot get along well enough to self govern and make money from their resources. You know why Africa is poor? Tribalism.

Hoodat1
Hoodat1

Maybe white people do more than fuck, if it wasnt for them, you would starve, welcome to the new slavery, dependent on handouts from the (white) government. It doesnt take a genius to procreate and then abandon your progeny.

mrsmel
mrsmel

@InglewoodRyder And you're discounting the Asians. You surely don't believe that they'll ever allow themselves to be ruled by blacks. They're already buying out Africa, and they have zero white guilt. They won't be subsidizing any useless feeders. 

mrsmel
mrsmel

@InglewoodRyder Yes, won't the world be a wonderful place when all of it is like Detroit, or Haiti. Whites will be well out of it, in that case. 

escot1
escot1

@InglewoodRyder You might be ignorant on the subject of slavery. . .so let me enlighten you.  Africans sold other Africans in the slave trade.  Hell, they kept their own slaves, and to this day, some people are captured and forced in to armed service.  Slavery is alive and well in Africa.  We put an end to it here.  If you're so ignorant as to believe this is solely a race issue, I weep for your tiny brain. 

winghunter
winghunter

@luckiraq 

*There is no report, credible or not, of that police department having a history of violating anyone's rights.

*Rules Of Engagement are NOT the laws governing police officers in America.

*NO FOIA requests have been made and the investigation has just barely started where officer involved shootings take MONTHS to complete but idiots like you are demanding results in less than two weeks!


Therefore, we've established you don't have any idea what you're talking about but, you do like to see your drool in text.


winghunter
winghunter

@rajon.rondo  As long as WE, The People can own what they're issued it's fine. If we can't, they can't.

winghunter
winghunter

@iAlias @winghunter 

You bet like an ass because you clearly are one.

According to an FBI Uniformed Crime Report (UCR) from 1993 to 2002, 46 police officers were murdered with their own duty weapons.


winghunter
winghunter

@smithgrind49 @gonro2 @jamesbrains 


Actually, given the mind numbing drivel I've seen cowards respond with on stories of self defense, Jimmy's is considered almost sane which is why he got two people trying to help him.

A few of us have a small amount of patience left to try to reach the unreachable but, laughing at them pushed them over the edge.

winghunter
winghunter

@iAlias @rednecksailor @jamesbrains 

You've never seen a Liberal drool or you wouldn't pretend that sarcasm in text is easy to spot.

InglewoodRyder
InglewoodRyder

@History4you @InglewoodRyder i don't give a damn about Africa.  I'm black not African.  You all mad because I was just letting you know about some facts.  Your women dream about a big thick bull like me tearing it up.  You think that your woman wouldn't prefer some satisfaction for a change?  You can't deliver like I can.  We might have been bred like cattle or whatever, but you produced the race that you are afraid of, and your women want to have babies with.  Go ahead white bitch with your history lesson.  Go on while I get these instagram pics from your daughter and her white little ass.  She wants black daddy to break that ass in.

InglewoodRyder
InglewoodRyder

@Hoodat1 Then how come your women keep wanting this dark meat?  Why, if we are slaves, do we end up taking your women, getting those bitches pregnant, and then sending them all stretched out and used back to you white daddies so that you can raise that baby?  Your women can't resist this.

You have nothing in your pants, and you have nothing in your heart.  You are weak, and scared of us.  You have no community.  You all act like you live in a little bubble, and you refuse to help eachother.  

You buy guns and talk as much trash as you want, but face to face, you run like little girls.  You cross the street when you see one of us coming because you know that you couldn't handle a fair fight with any of us.  You are worse then women.  I can walk down the street of any white city in America, but can you walk down the street in any black city?  No because you are a pussy.  You are weak.  That is why your women don't want you any more.

You are scared of us, because we are more man than you, little bitch.  I would slide up into your wife, or mother, and that old heffer would never be the same. 


iAlias
iAlias

@winghunter btw the AFL-CIO estimates that 150 construction workers die EACH day. This includes numbers for workplace accidents and the results of long term exposure to hazardous working conditions.

Construction workers are the REAL heroes of America. I'm not trying to bag on cops, but they have it EASY. Aside from the mental stress, cop is a piece of cake.

I've been a LIUNA laborer for nearly twenty years and I have personally seen three deaths from workplace accidents and dozens of crippling injuries. I have been lucky to escape almost certain death once, and serious injury many times only because I or someone next to me was alert.

iAlias
iAlias

@winghunter that's close enough to one that I don't feel like an ass about it...

I'd pay up on the bet, but to be clear, you're the ass. I'll also bet you're the kind of guy who uses "every" and "always" whenever you talk about the frequency of something important to you because you lack the little piece that lets you fully respect others. You use hyperbole to cover up that defect because it's free. You can't be trusted in an important discussion because you will use word games to alter someone's perception of what would in fact be a far different reality.

Piss off, piss ant.

luckiraq
luckiraq

46 in about a 10 year period. 4.6 per year. That is a very low number. As some people say "if ya can't play with the big dogs stay off the porch!!!"

winghunter
winghunter

@luckiraq  That's a 'low number' as compared to what? How many times you've been arrested in the last ten years, no doubt.


Here's to the day a big dog boots you off your porch for a little play time.

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