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Ferguson, other parts of U.S. on edge after jury opts not to indict Ferguson cop
Published:
11/26/2014 3:37:14 PM


Michael Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden and other protesters react after hearing the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of her son in Ferguson, Mo.
 

When will it stop? A grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown is over and done with. But anger over that decision is not, nor is the prospect of more arson, more looting, or more violence -- actions that have already rattled the eastern Missouri city.

Activists were set to rally Tuesday in more than 115 cities in the United States, speaking out in support of Brown's family and accusations about police violence and racial injustice -- rooted in the fact that Brown was black and Wilson is white. And their calls were loudest in and around Ferguson, a city unknown to many worldwide more than three months ago, but which is now ground zero in this debate.

"We are on the side of Michael Brown to fight for what is right," the Rev. Al Sharpton said Tuesday in front of Brown's family. ".... "We may have lost round one, but the fight is not over."

While slamming the office of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch -- with Brown family lawyer Anthony Gray calling the failure to indict Wilson a "direct reflection of those who presented the evidence" -- the Brown camp is also calling for actions such as legislation mandating all police officers wear video cameras.

Government officials have publicly insisted that they respect citizens' right to protest. In fact, the vast majority of those who have hit the streets in the weeks after Brown's death have done so peacefully.

But what they worry about is a repeat of what happened Monday night into Tuesday in Ferguson -- when the wave of anger devolved into chaos.

'Much worse that we saw ... in August'

It started shortly before 9:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. CT), with a simple decision: Wilson, the Ferguson police officer, would not be charged in Brown's death. What followed were marches, chants, then violence.

Flames engulfed a row of businesses along West Florissant Avenue, a major thoroughfare in Ferguson, and a row of vehicles at a nearby dealership. Shattered glass covered asphalt outside locally-owned stores, after looters broke in and cleared off shelves. Shell casings lay on the ground, after St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said he heard more than 100 gun shots fired by unknown people.

"What we saw tonight was much worse than what we saw any night in August," the St. Louis County police said on Facebook, referring to the days immediately after Brown's death. "Bricks were thrown at police officers, two St. Louis County police cars were set on fire and police seized an automatic weapon."

Authorities responded with round after round of tear gas, as well as shooting bean bags into the crowds.

Six people were treated and released between 10 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday at Christian Hospital in St. Louis, hospital spokesman Bret Berigan said. There were no known serious injuries.

Police in Ferguson made at least 61 arrests on charges ranging from unlawful assembly to burglary to unlawful possession of a firearm to arson.
 

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