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Nov 27, 2014

More than 400 arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in civil unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

There have been protests in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and other cities decrying Monday’s grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a case that has touched off a debate about race relations in the United States.

Nov 26, 2014

Angry outbursts in Ferguson overwhelm organized protests

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Carey Gillam

FERGUSON/KANSAS CITY, MO. (Reuters) – Angry over the shooting of Michael Brown, thousands of people in August took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, with the hope the policeman who shot the unarmed black teenager would be charged.

This week, the protests have become more violent and less organized as that hope has soured into bitterness over a grand jury’s decision not to indict the policeman, Darren Wilson.

Nov 26, 2014

More troops deployed in Ferguson to guard against fresh riots

By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more National Guard troops on Tuesday to the St. Louis suburb rocked by rioting after a white policeman was cleared in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, while the local mayor said the governor did not do enough to protect businesses from looting.

Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot to death in Ferguson by officer Darren Wilson in August, condemned as biased the grand jury process that led to Monday’s decision not to bring criminal charges against Wilson.

Nov 25, 2014

In Ferguson, a riot foreseen but not avoided

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Edward McAllister

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) – It was a riot everyone saw coming. For three months police and protesters had drilled separately to prepare for the worst if the grand jury decided not to indict white policeman Darren Wilson for the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown.

The governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, and police chiefs met repeatedly with the leaders of some protest groups that had emerged in the town of Ferguson in the aftermath of the Aug. 9 shooting. Both sides preached peace; both said they wanted to avoid violence.

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 23, 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.