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MO community picks up pieces after riot

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After the looting, messages were spraypainted on the convenience store, and then it was set on fire. (Source: KSDK/CNN) After the looting, messages were spraypainted on the convenience store, and then it was set on fire. (Source: KSDK/CNN)

FERGUSON, MO (KSDK/CNN) - What came after a peaceful protest on Sunday evening was anything but peaceful.

This video shows people taking over the Quick Trip gas station on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson.

"I've never seen nothing like we had last night," William Whittaker said.

After the looting, messages were spraypainted on the building and then it was set on fire. Whittaker says police stood back and didn't try to stop it. He says there wasn't anything they could do.

"As many officers that was out here there was no way you could have stopped the riot, no way, too intense,” he said. “It would have been chaotic and would have gotten worse."

A unnamed man says he watched it all happen and didn't have a problem with what he saw.

"Nobody got hurt, and we have to take our frustrations out on something. And we need to let the police know ‘no justice no peace,’" he said.

Many of those who came to see the aftermath were disgusted.

Leonette Hilliard taped a note to the store apologizing for the crime and asking them to rebuild.

"We're basically a community trying to get along and take care of our families,” Hilliard said. “Quick Trip will be OK, but the smaller companies are coming in and they are investing in our community. And I don't want them to leave. I don't want our community to change because a group of people decided not to think and act with passion."

More unrest happened in Ferguson on Monday, with police firing tear gas and bean bags at a crowd that was throwing rocks, the Associated Press reported.

The FBI announced Monday that it was investigating Mike Brown's death for possible civil rights violations.

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