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Firearms Program Attorney: MO Allows Property Owners to Defend Themselves from Looters

Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)
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While some in Ferguson, Mo., looted late Friday night into Saturday morning, others tried to protect local businesses from damage. (Michael Calhoun, KMOX)

While some in Ferguson, Mo., looted late Friday night into Saturday morning, others tried to protect local businesses from damage. (Michael Calhoun, KMOX)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – How far can Ferguson, Mo., business owners legally go to protect themselves from looters?

Firearms Program attorney Edwin Walker, who was a guest on Total Information AM, said Missouri is one of the states that allows property owners to defend themselves in certain circumstances.

” … you’re allowed to use deadly force in defense of your dwelling, especially. And then, also you’re allowed to use deadly force in defense of any forcible felony,” he said.

Walker said from the coverage he’s seen from Ferguson, store owners have fully complied with the law.

TIMELINE: The Death of Michael Brown and Unrest in Ferguson

Time and again, protestors have demanded an indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

What will it take for that to occur? KMOX posed that question Walker, as well.

“If the officer’s the one taking it to the next level, they will have to show that he took it to the next level unnecessarily, and that he knew he was taking it … that the excessive force that he used was unnecessary,” Walker said.

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