Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Attorney general meets with victimized Ferguson business owners

(From Attorney General Chris Koster)

Attorney General Chris Koster today visited with business owners along West Florissant Boulevard in Ferguson. The business owners were busy cleaning up and recovering from the damages from last night's violence.

"It is absolutely critical to protect these establishments from looting and vandalism," said Koster. "These small businesses are the lifeblood of Ferguson, and they should not have to bear the cost of civil unrest. The protection and restoration of these businesses is essential for Ferguson's recovery."

Koster also stopped by the North County law-enforcement command center in Ferguson to thank members of the multi-agency force tasked with protecting public safety following the announcement of the Grand Jury decision. He spoke with officers from the St. Louis County Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol, as well as servicemen and women from the Missouri National Guard.

"Many of these officers and guardsmen and women will spend their Thanksgiving holiday away from their families and on the streets of Ferguson to keep the community safe," Koster said. "I am grateful to the dedicated men and women in uniform for their service in these difficult circumstances."

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