St. Louis County Seeks FEDERAL BAILOUT for More Than 100 BUSINESSES Harmed During #Ferguson Riots
On Saturday August 9, 2014, 18 year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer after he had earlier robbed a local convenience store. As a result of his death protesters in Ferguson have caused mass destruction in the community.
Several dozen businesses were damaged in the looting and violence.
Here is an interactive map of the attacks, shootings, lootings, and destruction.
Many of the local businesses were looted not just once, but twice.
St. Louis County officials are discussing disbursement of federal aid to the more than 100 businesses that suffered financial losses during the Ferguson riots.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:
With tension continuing to ease in Ferguson, the St. Louis County Council on Tuesday turned its attention to the economic fallout from the nearly two weeks of unrest that rocked the North County suburb…
…A direct result of the turmoil however was the council’s unanimous approval of an $1 million emergency aid package to lessen the hardship of residents prevented from reaching their jobs or supermarkets in a community roiled by the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.
The Department of Human Services will disburse the funds through the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Red Cross, Urban League of Greater St. Louis and other relief agencies.
Responding to an emotional plea from the owner of a bar and grill at Buzz Westfall Plaza, the council is moreover supporting federal and state efforts to provide funding for the more than 100 Ferguson businesses that suffered financial losses…
…Councilman Mike O’Mara, D-4th District, signaled the council’s willingness to help Swiish and other Ferguson store owners by taking the unusual step of introducing an emergency bill supporting state and federal efforts to get the businesses back on their feet.
Dooley told reporters after the meeting that he has met with U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., to discuss the disbursement of federal aid to beleaguered Ferguson businesses.
“If they can bail out the banks,” Dooley said of the federal government. “Then they can bail out Ferguson.”