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Nov 27, 2014

Protests and fundraising party rub shoulders in Ferguson, Missouri

By Daniel Wallis and Emily Flitter

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – After days dealing with racially charged unrest roiling his community, the mayor of Ferguson, Missouri, turned to a more relaxing challenge: a “rock ‘em, sock ‘em” table boxing tournament for charity.

Just three blocks from where a dozen protesters stood in the snow outside a police station, demanding the arrest of a white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August, the scene at Marley’s bar on Wednesday night could hardly have been more different.

Nov 27, 2014

Protests in Ferguson dwindle, mass arrests at California rallies

By Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Tensions eased in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson on Thursday after two nights of violence and looting sparked by racially charged anger over a grand jury’s decision to clear a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.

Protests also dwindled elsewhere in the United States as the Thanksgiving Day holiday and wintry weather kept many indoors. But in California, more than 250 people were arrested in rallies over the past two days that shut highways in major cites.

Nov 25, 2014

Gunshots echo as violence returns to Ferguson, protests across U.S

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Daniel Wallis

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Gunshots pierced the air as an angry crowd threw bottles outside the Ferguson Police Department in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury on Monday decided not to indict a white officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

The police lobbed tear gas in response as a few hundred protesters took to the streets, with some setting fire to a police cruiser and another car and some buildings.

Nov 25, 2014

Missouri governor urges calm ahead of grand jury decision on shooting

By Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst

CLAYTON, Mo./FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon urged people in the St. Louis area to show respect and restraint following a grand jury’s decision on whether to criminally charge a white police officer in the August fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Prosecutors are set to announce the grand jury’s decision at 8 p.m. local time (0200 GMT) on Monday. Authorities have stepped up security in and around Ferguson, Missouri, to guard against the kind of rioting that flared in the weeks after incident.

Nov 24, 2014

Missouri officials to reveal grand jury’s decision on teen’s shooting

By Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst

CLAYTON, Mo./FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri officials plan to announce a grand jury’s decision on whether to criminally charge a white police officer in the August fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson at 8 p.m. local time (0200 GMT) on Monday, authorities said.

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a resident of a predominantly black city with a white-dominated power structure, sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb and has become a flashpoint for strained U.S. race relations.

Nov 24, 2014

Ferguson protests small but growing amid din of car horns, drum

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Daniel Wallis

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Honking horns and banging a metal bucket, a small but growing group of protesters awaited Monday’s grand jury decision, swarming the Ferguson Police Department and meeting briefly with the father of slain black teen Michael Brown.

Mike Brown Sr., whose unarmed son was killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, slowed down in a car to chat with demonstrators after hearing that the secret panel had reached a decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting.

Nov 24, 2014

Grand jury expected to resume Ferguson police shooting deliberations

By Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – A St. Louis-area grand jury was expected on Monday to resume deliberations over whether to bring charges against a white policeman who shot and killed a black teenager in a case that has triggered months of demonstrations and set the city on edge.

With no one knowing how long that process might yet run, residents are anxious and shop fronts are boarded up in fear of unrest, while students in one school district began an extended early Thanksgiving break.

Nov 24, 2014

Anxious Ferguson waits for grand jury’s decision

By Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – After a fourth straight night of low-level protests in Ferguson, Missouri, anxious residents still did not know on Sunday when a grand jury would return a decision on whether to charge a white policeman who shot an unarmed black teen to death this summer.

It appeared that the St. Louis suburb, which has become a flashpoint for U.S. race relations since Officer Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, would have to wait until at least Monday and perhaps longer for an announcement.

Nov 22, 2014

Missouri town on edge awaiting grand jury decision on police shooting

FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) – Residents of a St. Louis suburb were braced on Saturday for a decision from a grand jury on whether to bring charges against a white police officer for fatally shooting a black teen, a case that has triggered months of demonstrations and a national debate over police violence.

With a grand jury verdict expected at any time, protest leaders and police in Ferguson, Missouri, have been taking steps to avert more street violence, especially if officer Darren Wilson is not indicted in the Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Wilson has said he shot in self defense while Brown’s companion has said the teen had his hands raised and was trying to surrender.

Nov 22, 2014

FBI arrests two would-be Ferguson bomb suspects: law enforcement source

By Daniel Wallis

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters.

Word of the arrests, reported by a number of media outlets Friday, came ahead of the grand jury’s widely anticipated decision on whether the white police officer who fatally shot Brown, an unarmed black teenager, should be indicted on criminal charges.

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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