In Ferguson, Mo., early Saturday morning, Times reporter Matt Pearce reported live at the scene of looting and protests.
The unrest came after a day of mainly peaceful protests over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer a week ago. That calm came after days of tense confrontations between protesters and the police. Trouble began again early Saturday after a crowd gathered in the area near a mini-mart that authorities allege Brown had robbed shortly before he was killed.
Protests in the area soon deteriorated into looting. [Note: The first tweet below was sent at 1:32 a.m. local time. Missouri is two hours ahead of the West Coast.]
He reported witnessing people leave Sam's Meat Market & More with bottles of alcohol and liquor. The market is a short distance from the convenience store allegedly robbed by Brown.
He filmed the video below shortly before 2 a.m. local time.
No police were at the location, he reported.
Some people who came to the scene acted as impromptu security for local businesses, at least at first.
Others began selling what they had taken.
When police arrived, Pearce said they remained back from the action.
Those gathered peacefully expressed frustration.
6:50 a.m.: This story was updated to include additional material from Pearce's reporting overnight.