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Ferguson braced for more

unrest after night of
violence
T U E S DAY 25 NOVEMBER 2014
A night of rioting follows a grand jury decision not to indict a white police
officer over the killing of black teenager Michael Brown. More National
Guard reinforcements are being drafted in.

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Channel 4 News's Washington Correspondent Kylie Morris on the scene in
Ferguson, Missouri
At least 61 people were arrested in Ferguson, the St Louis suburb where the
teenager was shot in August, and the unrest spread beyond Missouri, with
protests held in New York, Washington DC and Chicago. There were also
demonstrations in Seattle, Los Angeles, Oakland and California.

Below: explore the protests against the Ferguson decision across the US in
the Channel 4 News clickable map.

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Officers in Ferguson said they heard around 150 shots fired on Monday night, some of
which were also witnessed by Channel 4 News Washington Correspondent Kylie
Morris. According to police, none were fired by their officers. St Louis County Police
Chief Jon Belmar also said that at least a dozen buildings were set alight.

Police fired tear gas and flash-bang canisters at the protesters who
gathered on the streets to hear the grand jury's decision. Some reacted
angrily at the announcement that no probable cause was found to indict the
police officer.

"Murderers, you're nothing but murderers," one woman shouted through a
megaphone at officers clad in riot gear on Monday night.

The killing of Michael Brown, who was said to be trying to surrender to
Darren Wilson when he was shot dead, as well as the police response to
protesters in its immediate aftermath, brought deep-seated tension to the
surface across the USA.
Wilson could have been charged with first or second degree murder, as well
as voluntary or involuntary manslaughter over the killing. Following the
decision not to indict him on any of the available charges, Brown's family
said through their lawyers that they were "profoundly disappointed".
"While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you
channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change," the
family said in a statement.
'Worst night'
What followed was, according to the police, the worst night of rioting since
18-year-old Brown's death, with officers saying they were pelted with rocks,
bottles, batteries and other debris. However, the Channel 4
News correspondent reported that some areas of the town remained

relatively calm and no serious injuries to officers were reported.
Flights over the area were restricted and police struggled to contain
protesters who took to the streets, smashing shop windows and torching
cars and businesses, despite President Barack Obama's calls for restraint.
According to police, people were arrested on suspicion of offences ranging
from unlawful assembly to arson and burglary.
The decision not to charge Wilson was met with condemnation from
prominent figures in American culture.
Chris Rock @ozchrisrock
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Doesn't take 100 days to decide if murder is a crime, it takes 100 days to
figure out how to tell people it isn't...... #FergusonDecision

9:17 PM - 24 Nov 2014
Serena Williams

✔ @serenawilliams

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Wow. Just wow. Shameful. What will it take???
11:25 PM - 24 Nov 2014
Pharrell Williams

✔ @Pharrell

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I'm heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let's all pray
for peace.
10:24 PM - 24 Nov 2014

Wilson's lawyers said that he was following his training and the law when he
shot Brown.
"We recognise that many people will want to second-guess the grand jury's
decision. We would encourage anyone who wants to express an opinion do
so in a respectful and peaceful manner," a statement read.
The US president called for protesters to remain peaceful and for police to
show restraint. "We need to recognise that the situation in Ferguson speaks

to broader challenges that we still face as a nation. In too many parts of this
country a deep distrust exists between police and communities of colour,"
Barack Obama told the nation.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called up the National Guard ahead of the
ruling. The pre-emptive move was criticised as unnecessarily heavyhanded. It followed a tough response to protests in the immediate
aftermath of Brown's killing. Police were accused of acting like a military
force after responding with tear gas and rubber bullets, enraging protesters.
The grand jury began meeting in late August and heard testimony from 60
witnesses called by the prosecution, including medical examiners who
performed three autopsies, one by a private pathologist hired by Brown's
family.
"They determined that no probable cause exists to file any charge against
officer Wilson," St Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch told reporters. A
separate federal investigation into the shooting is continuing.

'Surrender'
McCulloch described a tangled mass of conflicting testimony from 60
witnesses about what happened during the incident that led to Brown's
death, but said much of it did not square with the physical evidence.
Lawyers for Brown's family say the teen was trying to surrender when he
was shot, while Wilson's supporters say the officer feared for his life and
opened fire in self-defence.

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Witnesses disagreed on whether

Brown's hands were up at the time he was shot, McCulloch said, adding that
Wilson shot at Brown 12 times. The final shot hit Brown in the top of his
head.
Brown is suspected of having stolen cigars from a nearby convenience store
shortly before the incident. Police said in August that Wilson was not aware
of the robbery at the time.
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