A police car is set on fire after a group of protesters vandalize the vehicle after the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) More photos
WASHINGTON -- D.C. saw its second protest in as many nights over a Missouri grand jury's decision Monday not to indict white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
On Monday night, a spontaneous protest marched from the African-American Civil War Memorial to the White House. At the time, organizers said they'd be back Tuesday, and they were -- starting at Mount Vernon Square and ending on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- National Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.
Demonstrators returned Tuesday to the riot-scarred streets. But with hundreds of additional troops standing watch over neighborhoods and businesses, the protests had far less destructive power than the previous night. However, officers still used some tear gas and pepper spray, and demonstrators set a squad car on fire and broke windows at City Hall.
As the tension in Ferguson eased somewhat, officer Darren Wilson broke his long public silence, insisting on national television that he could not have done anything differently in the confrontation with Brown.
The toll from Monday's protests -- 12 commercial buildings burned to the ground, plus eight other blazes and a dozen vehicles torched -- prompted Missouri governor Jay Nixon to send a large contingent of extra National Guard troops.Read more on WTOP.com.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- He criticized the media. He talked about witness testimony that didn't match physical evidence. And he did it at night, as a city already on edge waited to learn if a grand jury would indict a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch -- whose impartiality has been questioned since soon after Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 -- has come under renewed scrutiny since he appeared before television cameras to announce that the grand jury would not indict Wilson. A defensive McCulloch repeatedly cited what he said were inconsistencies and erroneous witness accounts. He never mentioned that Brown was unarmed.
Attorneys for Brown's family and activists said Tuesday that everything from how evidence was presented to the grand jury to the way McCulloch delivered the news of its decision bolstered their belief that the outcome was predetermined by McCulloch, who has deep family roots and relationships with police.Read more on WTOP.com
By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown -- a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot.
Smoke billowed from some businesses Tuesday morning and shattered glass covered the sidewalks in front of others, but the streets in Ferguson were mostly clear.
Monday night's destruction appeared to be much worse than protests after August's shootings, with more than a dozen businesses badly damaged or destroyed.Read more on WTOP.com.
By JIM SALTER and DAVID A. LIEB
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson
police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the
unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney
Bob McCulloch announced the decision Monday evening. A grand jury of
nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to
consider evidence. The panel met for 70 hours and heard from 60
McCulloch stressed that the grand jurors were "the only
people who heard every witness ... and every piece of evidence." He
said many witness presented conflicting statements that ultimately were
inconsistent with the physical evidence.
WASHINGTON -- While protests in Ferguson, Missouri, turned violent after the grand jury's decision Monday not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, in the District the decision was met peacefully, with marches and chants.
Beginning around the African-American Civil War Memorial, on U Street, a group of protestors marched to the White House. One carried a sign reading "Stop Racist Police Terror," while another sign read "My Future Son Is Not Safe." Others included "Black Lives Matter" and "Our Cities Are Not Battlefields."
The chants included "no justice, no peace," and a reference to a lynching victim from 1954: "Michael Brown/ Emmett Till/ How many black kids will you kill?"
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Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, wearing sunglasses, reacts as she listens to the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Read more
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