Police release video of more than 180 Ferguson looting suspects

Surveillance footage shows destruction of market after grand jury decision

Police in Missouri have released surveillance video that officials say shows more than 180 people suspected of looting after the Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

The footage, released by St. Louis County Police on Wednesday, was taken from surveillance cameras at the Dellwood Market in Dellwood, Mo., shortly before midnight on Nov. 24, 2014, and soon after the grand jurys decision was announced. News of the decision sparked violent protests in Ferguson, Dellwood and other St. Louis suburbs. Two police cruisers and at least 12 buildings were set on fire, officials said, and hundreds of gunshots were fired during the unrest. At least 18 people were injured, and scores of protesters were arrested.

One of more than 180 people suspected of looting a market following the grand jury decision, Nov. 24, 2014. (SLCP)
One of more than 180 people suspected of looting a market following the grand jury decision, Nov. 24, 2014. (SLCP)

The department also released more than 180 still images of the suspected looters storming the market.

"If you can identify any of these suspects, please contact the St. Louis County Police at 314-889-2341 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477," a message on the SLPD website reads. "All tips are anonymous."

Wilson, who is white, became a national figure after he fatally shot the African American 18-year-old multiple times in broad daylight on a residential street in August. The grand jury deliberated for months, ultimately concluding that he would not face criminal charges in the controversial shooting death.

Dellwood Market owner Mumtaz Lalani said the ransacking in November was the third time since August that his market had been looted, and that he has no plans to rebuild.

“It is not only the dollar amount," Lalani said on Fox News last month. "It’s just the psychological effects, that I don’t feel safe anymore in my own neighborhood that I used to be doing my business in for the last 25 years.”