Thanks to days of professional media outlets obsessively regurgitating the same story on the potential for violence, as well as everything from fear mongering police officers to the deployment of the national guard ahead of the decision, the world has certainly taken notice of what is going wrong in Ferguson.
Whether or not Darren Wilson was justified in his actions, Ferguson is a city where black residents feel so discriminated against by their police force and other community leaders that they are driven to mass protests with the hope that someone will hear their plight. Instead, they have essentially been criminalized as a community by the media and the Nation.
Given that the violence sparked during the initial protests against the shooting of Michael Brown had been incited by those from outside of the Ferguson community and by a heavy-handed police response, the disturbing focus on the violence in Ferguson is only giving those who have committed violence the attention they crave.
At the same time, it is teaching people that they need to cause trouble to be noticed. In essence, the official response to violence in Ferguson has created a perverse incentive for violent attention seekers to cause chaos in Ferguson and elsewhere.