No one is quite sure yet if a grand jury will indict Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. But one thing is almost for sure: If they don’t, Ferguson and surrounding St. Louis, Missouri, areas will face widespread protests and looting once again.
Local businesses have been bracing themselves for the possible fallout, many of which have called in armed forces to help them out. More than 300 private military contractors have been hired by Ferguson-area locals in anticipation of more looting, reported Vice News.
Jared Ogden, director of operations for Asymmetric Solutions, a private military contractor staffed by former special operations forces, was one such private military contractor who has been tapped to help prevent the widespread Ferguson looting and protests that are expected to take place.
“We’ve got our hands in a bunch things… If you are a business owner and you are in the business of selling firearms and you’re in an area where shops have been looted, burned down, property stolen, you now have the responsibility to society to ensure to do everything possible to make sure that those firearms do not get into the hands of the wrong people.”
Asymmetric Solution, used to working in more exotic locations, tweeted about how shocked they were to have been called upon to combat looting in Ferguson.
We’ve been to Baghdad, Kabul, KL, Manilla, Peshwar, Bogata. Never guessed we would deploy a high threat team in our own city. #furgeson
— Asymmetric Solutions (@AsymmetricUSA) August 19, 2014
One such store owner is Stephen King, who runs Metro Shooting Supplies just outside of Ferguson, where looting is still expected to take place. King commented that local business owners have spent anywhere from “$10 an hour on security guards” to “$1,000 a day private contractors.” But King says he is keeping silent about many of the defenses he has up his sleeve so that he’ll at least have the element of surprise on his side in the event of looting following the Darren Wilson indictment decision.
“We’re going to have to do whatever we have to do legally to defend ourselves against some type of violent threat. It wouldn’t be a brain surgeon that’s going to be coming to our store to attack us. We know what we’re going to do but they don’t know, and that’s the way we want to keep it.”
Although a recent poll published by Washington Times shows that only 23 percent of Americans believe that Darren Wilson should be charged with murder, a strong 81 percent say that there will be widespread violence and looting in Ferguson following the decision — a consensus that might even appear low compared to the preventative actions of local Ferguson businesses.
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