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My Turn: Destruction and protest overshadowing tragedy

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A young man was killed by a police officer in a Saint Louis suburb this past weekend and the questions surrounding that shooting led to angry protests and eventually to rioting and looting. (Source: OzarksFirst via MGN Online) A young man was killed by a police officer in a Saint Louis suburb this past weekend and the questions surrounding that shooting led to angry protests and eventually to rioting and looting. (Source: OzarksFirst via MGN Online)

A young man was killed by a police officer in a Saint Louis suburb this past weekend and the questions surrounding that shooting led to angry protests and eventually to rioting and looting.

I find it interesting, not to mention disappointing, that so many times when a large group gathers to protest, emotions boil over and violence and destruction become the bigger headlines.

I think the thing that bothers me most is how many innocent parties become the targets of this senseless behavior. Some of these people may have even been sympathetic to the cause of the protest and still get their property damaged and businesses looted. I don't get it.

Also interesting is this type of behavior is not just confined to protests. You also see it happen during large celebrations, like a sports championship or a group gathered to wallow in the suffering of defeat after a big game.

I don't know what the penalties are for this type of behavior. But I do know that with the plethora of security cameras on most every street corner now, we should be able to do a better job at identifying these people and locking them up in an indestructible jail.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com.

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Emailed comments from viewers:

I saw todays segment where you focused on the looting after the Mike Brown killing in Ferguson, Missouri.

I would like to believe that the murder of that unarmed young man is more important than the looting you highlighted in the segment. With that said I would have like to have seen a focus on his murder versus making others look like criminals. 

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I agree with your commentary on the rioting and looting in MO.  And I feel badly for those local business owners.  But is it really anger that's behind this, or opportunism?  But I was glad to see the victims parents denounce the violence.

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What about the behavior of these cops killing our unarmed black children. People are mad as hell and tired. That's what's not good behavior you fell to mention. People do things without thinking when they are mad, but it seems the only time we get attention is when we commit crimes. The attention should be on these cops All over the World Killing Our UNARMED children. The media wants to brush it under the rug, as if no one is hurting. And tell us to just get over it. My Turn.

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