Why is looting a response to a police shooting?

This might be the most fascinating news image we’ve seen in a few weeks.

Protesters confronted police in Ferguson, Missouri, where a police officer shot to death an unarmed teen who allegedly had struggled with the officer.

Does the dog really help?

Protestors confront police during an impromptu rally, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 to protest the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Brown died following a confrontation with police, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who spoke at a news conference Sunday. Sid Hastings/Associated Press.

When the sun went down, however, protesters resorted to what usually happens in these situations. They destroyed their own neighborhoods and took out their frustration on business owners who had nothing to do with the shooting.

But there’s still a hint of a civilized society.

  • jon

    When one side has a mandate to bring order, and the other side opposes the first side, the instinctive action is to bring disorder.
    It is the knee jerk reaction to disagree with people we disagree with, even when they are right, and either I’m getting older and seeing it happen more and identifying it for what it is, OR it’s happening more and more in the recent years, and causing bigger and bigger problems as we try to frame everything as two opposing sides.

  • John O.

    //…..and took out their frustration on business owners who had nothing to do with the shooting.

    Chances are those employers and–more importantly–the jobs that they provided, are all but probably gone too.

  • Moffitt

    Hard to get inside of the head of a looter.

  • Ralphy

    Maybe its time to watch “Do the Right Thing”, a Spike Lee movie. It might provide some insight or at least inspire a conversation.

  • Gary F

    Would that be considered “sketchy” behavior?

    Why would you loot after a tornado hits your neighborhood?

    And then they wonder why no one wants to set up shop in there neighborhood.

    • Jon

      “There” neighborhood, as opposed to “here”? Perhaps it is this us vs. them mentality that results in a culture of looting. That happens “there.” Stealing never happens “here.” That’s how the banksters get away with looting… now, if they had OWNERSHIP in “their” neighborhood it might be a different story. Perhaps a Freudian slip?

      • Gary F

        No, damn auto type on the cell phone, live by it, die by it. “Their”.

        Why don’t they start a business and find out how much work it really is?

  • Neil

    Is this really “what usually happens in these situations”?

  • Xopher

    The looting isn’t a response. It’s a consequence of the disorder. Some people will take advantage of the disorder; they probably don’t really give a damn about the reason for the disorder. It just gives them an opportunity to steal.