FERGUSON, Missouri – A bird’s-eye view of Ferguson, Missouri, at daybreak, revealed the smoldering remains of a night of violent protests, arson, and looting.
All of this madness and mayhem tore through the town within moments of the announcement that the St. Louis county grand jury did not indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown last August.
And leading the charge was Michael Brown's stepfather, Louis Head, with cries of "Burn this b**** down! Burn this b**** down!"
A night of unrest and uneasy sleep was followed by a day of public comments, some of which did little to ease the tension and distrust.
“A first-year law student would have did a better job of cross examining a killer of an unarmed person than the prosecutor's office did,” said Brown Family attorney Benjamin Crump.
Anthony Gray is another Brown Family attorney: "As I read the testimony of one person - Officer Darren Wilson- he indicted himself. Most of what he said didn't line up with the physical or forensic evidence.”
A friend of Officer Wilson, who did not to reveal her name, read part of a letter Wilson wrote in August, after the shooting.
“He closes with 'please keep my family in blue in your hearts and prayers. They have all made a sacrifice of their own lives in order to work the excessive hours through the heat and rain to ensure that the riots and protests in Ferguson were as safe as they could be.”
Thugs looted Sonny Dayan’s business again, the first time during the August riots. He said he didn’t board up this time because he still believes in his community.
“I didn't want to send a message that we gave up on this city, I've been here for 18 years, we know them personally.”
Blythe Burkhardt and her young daughters were out early, picking up the pieces of Ferguson’s broken luck, because she still believes in the goodness of people.
“We've been trying to talk to the kids about what's going on and I just want them to remember that no matter what happens, we have to take care of each other and where we live. I hope they remember that.”
The dream of one parent during a long and burning nightmare for a community.