As Twitchy reported this morning, looting broke out again in Ferguson, Mo., after the Missouri State Highway Patrol ordered local law enforcement to stand down. Reporters conveniently changed their tune — from praising the Highway Patrol’s kinder-and-gentler law enforcement approach to indignantly asking where the police were last night as thugs broke windows and grabbed fistfuls of hair weaves and cell phones.

But St. Louis alderman Antonio French, who has diligently documented the scene on Twitter and Vine, expressed the view that Ferguson was better off without a police presence. Here’s French’s timeline starting at 7:17 am this morning:

And then he posted the tweet featured at the top of this post:

He continued:

(More here.)