Over the weekend, rioters broke into a McDonald's in Ferguson, Mo. Citizens have been protesting the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old man named Michael Brown that occurred earlier this month. The New York Times reported that McDonald's had been "seized by the demonstrators" who the Wire note broke the restaurant's window.
What is unclear is if the restaurant's windows were broken by angry protesters or by those suffering from tear gas burns to their eyes. Tweets suggest that protesters were looking for milk to sooth their faces after being sprayed with tear gas. The St. Louis Post Dispatch confirms that a local resident, Cassandra Roberts, was aided by McDonald's employees who coated her face in milk after it was covered by tear gas. The Guardian notes that protesters also took cover inside the McDonald's in order to shield themselves from the chaos.
Two journalists covering the protests were arrested last week inside this same McDonald's location. The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post's Ryan J. Reilly were doing work inside of the McDonald's when they were arrested by police officers in full riot gear. The two journalists were released about 45 minutes later without being charged.
Tensions between protestors and police in Ferguson have been escalating rapidly, but many took to Twitter to make jokes about the McDonald's looting. A photographer tweeted an image of the incident with the caption "I'm lootin' it!," a parody of McDonald's slogan. Another person quipped on Twitter, "Hamburglar makes appearance at Ferguson McDonalds looting" while another joked that the restaurant was being robbed because the "McRib is back."
· Missouri National Guard to be Deployed at Ferguson Protests [The Guardian]
· Governor to Deploy National Guard [NYT]
· Governor Orders National Guard [The Wire]
· Rioters Loot McDonald's [Twitchy]
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