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The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer ignited tensions in Ferguson, Mo., and around the nation. Read coverage from the first eight days of unrest in Ferguson, Mo.

Last updated on August 25, 2014, at 4:24 p.m. ET

Posted on August 18, 2014, at 3:31 p.m. ET

Images of people shot by police officers are displayed by demonstrators protesting the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri Saturday night.
Joshua Lott / Reuters

Images of people shot by police officers are displayed by demonstrators protesting the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri Saturday night.

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Michael Brown's body is laid to rest Monday at St. Peter's Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.

Joshua Lott / Reuters
Joshua Lott / Reuters

The final resting place of #MichaelBrown

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Thousands gather for Michael Brown's funeral held in St. Louis.

A St. Louis Cardinals baseball at rests on top of Michael Brown's casket before the start of his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25.
AP Photo/New York Times, Richard Perry

A St. Louis Cardinals baseball at rests on top of Michael Brown's casket before the start of his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25.

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Protesters in Ferguson share why they continued to come out over the weekend.

Demonstrators protest the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown across the street from the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri
Adrees Latif / Reuters

Demonstrators protest the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown across the street from the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri

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Capt. Ron Johnson held a news conference at around 1:30 a.m. local time. He said the protests Saturday night had been fairly calm, but six people had been arrested.

Johnson said four of the six people arrested were from out of the state and had been previously arrested.

Local residents Vawone Duncan, right, leans on his father Ducan Yawan after police made arrests as demonstrators gathered to protest the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri early Sunday morning. The demonstrations remained peaceful, marking the fourth night of relative calm for Ferguson.
Adrees Latif / Reuters

Local residents Vawone Duncan, right, leans on his father Ducan Yawan after police made arrests as demonstrators gathered to protest the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri early Sunday morning. The demonstrations remained peaceful, marking the fourth night of relative calm for Ferguson.

People visit a makeshift memorial for Michael Brown in Ferguson. Saturday marked two weeks since police officer Darren Wilson shot dead Brown.
Joshua Lott / Reuters

People visit a makeshift memorial for Michael Brown in Ferguson. Saturday marked two weeks since police officer Darren Wilson shot dead Brown.

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Saturday night in Ferguson, people peacefully gathered in the streets. The protest was smaller than previous nights.

Tight mess of people and higher tensions over by the McDonalds #ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

Tight mess of people and higher tensions over by the McDonalds #ferguson

7:15 PM - 23 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

McDonalds sign has been broken over since I was last over on W Florissant #ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

McDonalds sign has been broken over since I was last over on W Florissant #ferguson

7:12 PM - 23 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It was a bit tense out here but it seems like things have cool. Most ppl are just milling around talking. #Ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

It was a bit tense out here but it seems like things have cool. Most ppl are just milling around talking. #Ferguson

7:34 PM - 23 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The crowd here has mostly dispersed here in Ferguson. And there's a steady stream of ppl leaving

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

The crowd here has mostly dispersed here in Ferguson. And there's a steady stream of ppl leaving

8:01 PM - 23 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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In Washington, D.C. Saturday night, hundreds peacefully marched through Chinatown in solidarity with Ferguson.

A Black-led protest is shutting down a major intersection in DC and it's awesome. #DCFerguson #Ferguson #MikeBrown

sam r jewler@LuddoftheFuture

A Black-led protest is shutting down a major intersection in DC and it's awesome. #DCFerguson #Ferguson #MikeBrown

2:00 PM - 23 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The White House announced it is sending three officials to Michael Brown's memorial on Monday in Ferguson.

One of the three officials, Marlon Marshall, attended high school with Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden in St. Louis, CNN reported. The other officials include Heather Foster, who is part of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Broderick Johnson, who leads the White House's My Brother's Keeper Task Force.

Brown's public memorial will be held at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis and Rev. Al Sharpton will be giving a eulogy.

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A police officer at a department a few miles outside Ferguson has been suspended for posting comments on Facebook about the protesters, like that they should have been "put down like a rabid dog," the Daily Caller reports.

The Glendale, Mo., department announced in a statement yesterday that they suspended Matthew Pappert, who has been an officer since 2008, after "several very concerning and inappropriate posts on his personal Facebook page."

"I'm sick of these protesters," says another one of the posts. "You are a burden on society and a blight on the community."

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St. Louis County Police apologized Friday after a video surfaced showing an officer making inflammatory remarks.

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GoFundMe page for Darren Wilson replaced by charity linked with the local police union.

Jacob Fischler reports: A long message to the Support Officer Wilson GoFundMe page was posted Friday afternoon, noting that donations will now go directly to a 501c3 charity called Shield of Hope, which the post says is designated "the authorized charity for donations on behalf of Darren Wilson." Shield of Hope appears to be linked with the local police union in St. Louis County, Lodge 15 of the Fraternal Order of Police.

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Crowdfunders raise $225,000 for police officer.

Crowdfunding site raises over $225k in support of Darren Wilson and family http://t.co/GioAoiVh4j #Ferguson

NBC News@NBCNews

Crowdfunding site raises over $225k in support of Darren Wilson and family http://t.co/GioAoiVh4j #Ferguson

1:34 PM - 22 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Grand Jury in Brown case has three black members, nine white.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: "The grand jury that is hearing evidence in the Michael Brown shooting death has one black man and two black women on the panel, and six white men and three white women."

The demographics roughly reflect the racial breakdown of St. Louis County's population, which is about 24 percent black and about 68 percent white, according to the report.

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Ferguson Police Department issues incident report.

After our lawsuit, #Ferguson Police released near empty #MikeBrown incident report http://t.co/WzmEekHCOi

ACLU of Missouri@aclu_mo

After our lawsuit, #Ferguson Police released near empty #MikeBrown incident report http://t.co/WzmEekHCOi

11:00 AM - 22 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Later in the day, the ACLU told Chris Geidner it accidentally left off three pages of the report and it was not empty

Oops: @aclu official tells me they inadvertently left out 3 pages of #Ferguson PD incident report earlier today - https://t.co/v3Oje6Rwua

Chris Geidner@chrisgeidner

Oops: @aclu official tells me they inadvertently left out 3 pages of #Ferguson PD incident report earlier today - https://t.co/v3Oje6Rwua

6:29 PM - 22 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The ACLU on Thursday obtained a St. Louis County incident report of Michael Brown's shooting. The report was released on Twitter.

ACLU, St. Louis County
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St. Louis County police on Thursday released information on the 204 people they had arrested since protests began.

Nine of the arrested were from Ferguson, and a majority came from St. Louis, Jennings, Florissant, and other surrounding areas. A handful of people were from cities out of state, including San Francisco, New York, and Chicago.

More than half of people arrested were suspected of refusal to disperse. About 30 were expected to be charged with burglary or possessing stolen goods. One man from Austin, Texas, was arrested three times for failing to move; a man from St. Louis suburb Creve Coeur was arrested twice.

The data does not include arrests made by the Ferguson Police Department or other agencies.

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Governor Nixon orders National Guard to begin pulling out of Ferguson.

"I greatly appreciate the men and women of the Missouri National Guard for successfully carrying out the specific, limited mission of protecting the Unified Command Center so that law enforcement officers could focus on the important work of increasing communication within the community, restoring trust, and protecting the people and property of Ferguson," Gov. Nixon said. "As we continue to see improvement, I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin a systematic process of withdrawing from the City of Ferguson."

On Monday, Gov. Nixon ordered the Guard to carry out the specific mission of protecting the Unified Command Center in Ferguson, which had been the target of a coordinated, planned attack the night before. Missouri National Guard Brigadier General Gregory Mason is overseeing Guard operations in Ferguson under the overall command of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Since that time, the situation has greatly improved with fewer incidents of outside instigators interfering with peaceful protestors, and fewer acts of violence.

Meanwhile, the unified command, which includes officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Louis County, St. Louis City and other jurisdictions, will continue its mission to respond appropriately to incidents of lawlessness while protecting the rights of all peaceful citizens.

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NAACP calls for special prosecutor for Brown case.

The local prosecutor has deep ties to local police. @MoAGOPress, @GovJayNixon we need a special prosecutor today. #JusticeforMichael

NAACP@NAACP

The local prosecutor has deep ties to local police. @MoAGOPress, @GovJayNixon we need a special prosecutor today. #JusticeforMichael

10:04 AM - 21 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Justice rests in the hands of one person: St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, a man with deep personal, family, and professional ties to the local police department," Cornell William Brooks, the NAACP's president and chief executive, said in a statement.

McCulloch issued a statement of his own on Thursday, saying he is "not walking away " from the case.

Prosecutor #BobMcCulloch's full statement, "not walking away" from #michaelbrown case:

Jessica Lussenhop@Lussenpop

Prosecutor #BobMcCulloch's full statement, "not walking away" from #michaelbrown case:

1:16 PM - 21 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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"This attorney general and this Department of Justice stand with the people of Ferguson."

Speaking with reporters in Washington on Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder said, "The people of Ferguson can have confidence in the federal agents, investigators, and prosecutors who are leading the process."

He also said, "Few things have affected me as greatly as my visit to Ferguson."

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Capt. Ron Johnson held a news conference at 1:30 a.m., and said fewer "agitators" were in the crowd Wednesday night. He said in total six people were arrested — much less than last night's 47 arrests.

"This was not a conflict-free night," Johnson said, noting an officer was hit with a bottle that was thrown. He was not seriously injured.

Johnson also acknowledged the the crowd was much smaller and said he thought Attorney General Eric Holder's presence helped calm tensions.

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Michael Brown's mother viewed her son's body Wednesday for the first time since he was killed, before meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder.

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during his meeting with Special Agent in Charge William P. Woods (left) and Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Molly Moran (right) at the FBI Building in St. Louis, Missouri Wednesday.
Pool / Reuters

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during his meeting with Special Agent in Charge William P. Woods (left) and Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Molly Moran (right) at the FBI Building in St. Louis, Missouri Wednesday.

Holder held a private 20-minute meeting with Michael Brown's family, who asked about the investigation process. He said it would be "fair and independent," according to the White House press report.

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In New York Wednesday night, hundreds rallied in solidarity with Ferguson and at least one person was arrested.

Police Arrest Man As Hundreds Rally In New York For Michael Brown http://t.co/c31Ce9lhMK

BuzzFeed News@BuzzFeedNews

Police Arrest Man As Hundreds Rally In New York For Michael Brown http://t.co/c31Ce9lhMK

5:47 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

People gathered in cities across the U.S. on Aug. 14 for a national moment of silence to honor Michael Brown, and many have continued to rally across the country along with protesters in Ferguson.

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Wednesday protests in Ferguson continued into the night with at least one person arrested.

A storm also arrived in Ferguson, bringing with it lightning.

Pretty good lightning show going on right now on Ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

Pretty good lightning show going on right now on Ferguson

7:21 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many clergy members were out on the streets of Ferguson Wednesday night.

Pastor Doug Hollis: "There are more than 100 clergy out tonight"

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

Pastor Doug Hollis: "There are more than 100 clergy out tonight"

5:17 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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A crowd gathered Wednesday evening around two people showing support for Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown.

Chuck and Dawn offer anxious support for Officer Wilson on W. Florissant. Many gently say be careful. #Ferguson

Dan Barry@DanBarryNYT

Chuck and Dawn offer anxious support for Officer Wilson on W. Florissant. Many gently say be careful. #Ferguson

6:05 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

One person was arrested, potentially for failing to move quickly enough.

One arrest as cops disperse crowd around Wilson supporters. Tense calm. #Ferguson @stltoday

stevegiegerich@stevegiegerich

One arrest as cops disperse crowd around Wilson supporters. Tense calm. #Ferguson @stltoday

6:16 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

vine.co

There's a huge disturbance in the middle of the street. Lots of yelling, lots of cops. #Ferguson

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

There's a huge disturbance in the middle of the street. Lots of yelling, lots of cops. #Ferguson

6:22 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Overall, crowds were smaller than previous nights as a storm rolled in. The National Weather Service warned of heavy rain, lightning, and hail.

I just saw this lightning strike as a big storm approaches #Ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

I just saw this lightning strike as a big storm approaches #Ferguson

6:05 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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A new video from the city of Ferguson shows Officer Darren Wilson receiving a commendation several months ago.

View this video on YouTube

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It is the first time an image of Wilson has come from city officials.

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On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at approximately 11:45 am, St. Louis County Police Officers responded to an abandoned school building near St. Mark's Church after learning that individuals were occupying the structure. Officers contacted a representative of the church, who advised he was aware that several people were occupying the structure. The representative was not aware that the building wasn't zoned for occupancy and if it was it would need an occupancy permit. The representative escorted the officers to the location and voluntarily opened the building with a key. It appeared that five to seven people were sleeping in the facility but no one was present. Officers on the scene advised there was no animosity between the police or the representative of the church. The representative stated that he would advise the individuals to leave.
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"I am the Attorney General of the United States. But I am also a black man."

Chris Geidner reports: While in Missouri on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke in very personal terms about his own interactions with police.

I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over…. 'Let me search your car'… Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me.

Holder is also meeting with Michael Brown's parents in St. Louis.

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Officer who threatened to kill demonstrators "suspended indefinitely."

Update: @ACLU says officer in #Ferguson who threatened to kill people "has now been removed from duty." http://t.co/wgr0GyTpa9

Chris Geidner@chrisgeidner

Update: @ACLU says officer in #Ferguson who threatened to kill people "has now been removed from duty." http://t.co/wgr0GyTpa9

4:15 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Update from @stlcountypd re: police officer's "inappropriate" actions overnight in #Ferguson @kmov

Laura Hettiger KMOV@LauraKHettiger

Update from @stlcountypd re: police officer's "inappropriate" actions overnight in #Ferguson @kmov

4:55 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Attorney General Eric Holder met with Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson Wednesday in Ferguson.

Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant in Florrissant.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool, via Reuters

Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant in Florrissant.

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Ryan J. Reilly/Huffington Post / Via Twitter: @ryanjreilly

Holder also talked with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley in Ferguson, including Charnell Hrun, 20.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool, via Reuters
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool, via Reuters
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ACLU calls on Missouri Highway Patrol to remove officer who threatened civilians.

ACLU of MO calls on Highway Patrol to remove officer who threatened to kill people last night:

Chris Geidner@chrisgeidner

ACLU of MO calls on Highway Patrol to remove officer who threatened to kill people last night:

2:44 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Video of the incident. Warning: graphic language.

View this video on YouTube

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Police reportedly raid church/shelter in Ferguson.

.@AdamSerwer and I were just investigating reports that police raided a humanitarian shelter near ferguson.

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

.@AdamSerwer and I were just investigating reports that police raided a humanitarian shelter near ferguson.

2:24 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Apparently police came by the shelter, which is in a church/school, & said there were ppl were sleeping in the building #Ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

Apparently police came by the shelter, which is in a church/school, & said there were ppl were sleeping in the building #Ferguson

2:26 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Organizer Aaron Burnett says police apparently believed people were squatting in the building (he says no)

AdamSerwer@AdamSerwer

Organizer Aaron Burnett says police apparently believed people were squatting in the building (he says no)

1:44 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Live video from the place I was tweeting about RT @ArgusRadio: We are live now at St. Mark's church in #Ferguson https://t.co/xULTH7m3eW

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

Live video from the place I was tweeting about RT @ArgusRadio: We are live now at St. Mark's church in #Ferguson https://t.co/xULTH7m3eW

2:37 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Organizers saying this is the 3rd time police have come here. Last night they had assault weapons. #Ferguson

jelani cobb@jelani9

Organizers saying this is the 3rd time police have come here. Last night they had assault weapons. #Ferguson

1:51 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Grand jury could take months, prosecutor says.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch said it could be the middle of October before his office wraps up its presentation of evidence to the grand jury regarding Police Officer Darren Wilson's shooting of Michael Brown.

In interviews with KTRS-AM and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, McCulloch said it will take time to present forensic evidence from both the county and the federal investigations to the grand jury.

"It could be longer than that, or shorter than that," he said. "I doubt any sooner than that."

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Holder arrives in St. Louis, en route to Ferguson.

Attorney General Holder, arriving in St. Louis, for #Ferguson meetings, per pool:

Chris Geidner@chrisgeidner

Attorney General Holder, arriving in St. Louis, for #Ferguson meetings, per pool:

12:35 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

DOJ officials traveling with Holder in #Ferguson, per pool:

Chris Geidner@chrisgeidner

DOJ officials traveling with Holder in #Ferguson, per pool:

12:16 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Amnesty International calls on Attorney General Eric Holder to start an investigation into police actions at the protests in Ferguson.

BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner reports: With Holder arriving in Missouri to meet with federal and elected officials and community members in Ferguson, Amnesty International USA released four recommendations — one of which is specific to the situation in Ferguson. The other recommendations call for broad examination of lethal force and police shootings across the country.

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Attorney General Eric Holder is in Missouri and will meet with officials in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday.

Attorney General Holder arrives in St. Louis. #stl http://t.co/Som2OT8wiA

FOX2now@FOX2now

Attorney General Holder arrives in St. Louis. #stl http://t.co/Som2OT8wiA

12:07 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Pic of Attorney General Eric Holder's motorcade as it left Signature Freight Support at Lambert a short time ago.#stl

Chris Regnier@chrisregniertv

Pic of Attorney General Eric Holder's motorcade as it left Signature Freight Support at Lambert a short time ago.#stl

12:14 PM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Demonstrators gather Wednesday outside St. Louis County prosecutor's office in Clayton, Mo., where a grand jury is expected to convene in the investigation of Michael Brown's death. KSDK reported that the grand jury process could last until mid-October.

We're at the StL County Prosecutor's office in Clayton. Grand jury expected to meet re: Darren Wilson. #abc17

Lucas Geisler@LucasABC17

We're at the StL County Prosecutor's office in Clayton. Grand jury expected to meet re: Darren Wilson. #abc17

11:48 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Protestors lay on #Clayton street, draw outline of body in chalk in support of justice for #MichaelBrown @FOX2now

Lisa Hart@LisaGHart

Protestors lay on #Clayton street, draw outline of body in chalk in support of justice for #MichaelBrown @FOX2now

11:17 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police watch demonstration at STL CO Justice Center 11:40am Clayton

Betsey Bruce@betseybruce

Police watch demonstration at STL CO Justice Center 11:40am Clayton

11:39 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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St. Louis County is one of the most segregated places in America. A look at the data:

In the United States, there are 325 counties and non-incorporated cities (such as Baltimore) that have at least 20,000 people and are at least 20% black. Of them all, St. Louis County is the 15th most black-white segregated, putting it in the 96th percentile.

In the United States, there are 325 counties and non-incorporated cities (such as Baltimore) that have at least 20,000 people and are at least 20% black. Of them all, St. Louis County is the 15th most black-white segregated, putting it in the 96th percentile.

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During an early morning police press conference, Capt. Ron Johnson said 47 arrests had been made as of 1 a.m. local time.

Press conference with Capt Ron Johnson kicking off with a prayer #ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

Press conference with Capt Ron Johnson kicking off with a prayer #ferguson

3:16 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police at #Ferguson news conference: 47 arrests as of 1 a.m. local time. One person from out of state was arrested for a third time.

Alan Blinder@alanblinder

Police at #Ferguson news conference: 47 arrests as of 1 a.m. local time. One person from out of state was arrested for a third time.

8:20 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Capt. Johnson also remarked that tonight was overall a calmer affair compared to the previous night, and that it could mark a "turning point." No Molotov cocktails were thrown by protestors, and police did not use tear gas.

"Tonight we saw a different dynamic," Capt. Johnson says. "There were no molotov cocktails tonight." #Ferguson

Michael Calhoun@michaelcalhoun

"Tonight we saw a different dynamic," Capt. Johnson says. "There were no molotov cocktails tonight." #Ferguson

3:18 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police at #Ferguson news conference: No smoke or tear gas tonight, but a small amount of pepper spray.

Alan Blinder@alanblinder

Police at #Ferguson news conference: No smoke or tear gas tonight, but a small amount of pepper spray.

8:19 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Johnson said that community leaders, clergy, etc came out tonight and had a "calming influence" on the protesters. #Ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

Johnson said that community leaders, clergy, etc came out tonight and had a "calming influence" on the protesters. #Ferguson

8:21 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ron Johnson says he thinks tonight was a turning point

AdamSerwer@AdamSerwer

Ron Johnson says he thinks tonight was a turning point

8:23 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Johnson: There have been steps made in the right direction tonight. "Those small steps are going to turn into giant steps." #Ferguson

Yamiche Alcindor@Yamiche

Johnson: There have been steps made in the right direction tonight. "Those small steps are going to turn into giant steps." #Ferguson

8:27 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He confirmed police moved into the crowds after missiles were thrown and that he believed agitators were using media as cover.

Johnson said police moved into the crowds b/c after a few agitators threw bottles at police. The bottle contained water & in one case urine

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

Johnson said police moved into the crowds b/c after a few agitators threw bottles at police. The bottle contained water & in one case urine

3:24 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Johnson said agitators hid behind media after legitimate protesters left

Yamiche Alcindor@Yamiche

Johnson said agitators hid behind media after legitimate protesters left

8:21 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He said that two loaded handguns had been confiscated from a car driven by people who had threatened police.

Johnson: about 8:30 pm a car approached police and made threats. Police stopped it and confiscated 2 loaded hand guns. #Ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

Johnson: about 8:30 pm a car approached police and made threats. Police stopped it and confiscated 2 loaded hand guns. #Ferguson

8:22 AM - 20 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Peaceful protests escalated suddenly after midnight Wednesday when a small group of protesters clashed with police after a bottle was hurled at officers.

Reports from the scene said police were attempting to clear a parking lot in Ferguson when a protester tossed a water bottle at officers, sparking a flurry of activity and resulting in several arrests.

Police ordering everyone to move #ferguson.

Two men just arrested on top of my rental car in #Ferguson.

ed lavandera@edlavaCNN

Two men just arrested on top of my rental car in #Ferguson.

10:30 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police have brought out at least one dog. #Ferguson

Yamiche Alcindor@Yamiche

Police have brought out at least one dog. #Ferguson

10:35 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police snatching and arresting individuals from crowd outside McDonald's. Crowd not happy. #ferguson

Rory Carroll@rorycarroll72

Police snatching and arresting individuals from crowd outside McDonald's. Crowd not happy. #ferguson

10:46 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

View this video on YouTube

youtube.com / Via Jim Dalrymple II / BuzzFeed

Video from the scene showed police mixing with protesters as arrests were made near the McDonald's in Ferguson.

An al jazera videographer just showed me his wrist; it had a deep grove from a zip tie. "I was arrested" he said. #Ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

An al jazera videographer just showed me his wrist; it had a deep grove from a zip tie. "I was arrested" he said. #Ferguson

10:56 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Woman pepper sprayed, helped by others in #Ferguson #MikeBrown

Robert Cohen@kodacohen

Woman pepper sprayed, helped by others in #Ferguson #MikeBrown

10:59 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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A man was arrested Thursday evening after a fight reportedly broke out between two protesters in front of the Burger Bar in Ferguson. Police on the scene said it was "just two people fighting. It had nothing to do with us."

This is a terrible shot, but you can kind of see the guy who got arrested in the midst of the police. #ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

This is a terrible shot, but you can kind of see the guy who got arrested in the midst of the police. #ferguson

11:11 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Two guys got in a scuffle earlier. Otherwise, still have seen no violence or aggression or clashes between protesters and police

Wesley Lowery@WesleyLowery

Two guys got in a scuffle earlier. Otherwise, still have seen no violence or aggression or clashes between protesters and police

8:29 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

How long is this going to go on? "Till we get an indictment"

AdamSerwer@AdamSerwer

How long is this going to go on? "Till we get an indictment"

8:23 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Crowd is quieting but police still massing outside McDonald's with shotguns and riot batons. #Ferguson

Alex Bolton@alexanderbolton

Crowd is quieting but police still massing outside McDonald's with shotguns and riot batons. #Ferguson

8:32 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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As the sun set Tuesday evening, peaceful protesting continued in the streets of Ferguson.

Protesters making their way along florissant #Ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

Protesters making their way along florissant #Ferguson

3:39 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

This guy told me "they're going to shoot that shit [tear gas] off about 10 o'clock." #ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

This guy told me "they're going to shoot that shit [tear gas] off about 10 o'clock." #ferguson

3:52 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Missouri state attorney general walking the streets talking to protesters in #Ferguson right now.

Keith Boykin@keithboykin

Missouri state attorney general walking the streets talking to protesters in #Ferguson right now.

3:38 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Demonstrations have begun in #Ferguson. Everything I've seen and heard so far tonight has been peaceful.

Alan Blinder@alanblinder

Demonstrations have begun in #Ferguson. Everything I've seen and heard so far tonight has been peaceful.

3:52 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Protesters are chanting something I haven't heard before. "No justice, no peace. No racist police." #Ferguson

Yamiche Alcindor@Yamiche

Protesters are chanting something I haven't heard before. "No justice, no peace. No racist police." #Ferguson

4:20 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"We young! We strong! We marching all night long!"

AdamSerwer@AdamSerwer

"We young! We strong! We marching all night long!"

4:25 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Several people were reportedly arrested Tuesday.

A demonstrator is arrested while protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown. It was not immediately clear why she was arrested.
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A demonstrator is arrested while protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown. It was not immediately clear why she was arrested.

Heartbreaking: witnessed the St. Louis County police run up to a woman, throw her to the ground, & arrest her. For standing still. #Ferguson

Jack@jack

Heartbreaking: witnessed the St. Louis County police run up to a woman, throw her to the ground, & arrest her. For standing still. #Ferguson

2:24 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Another guy just got arrested on W Florissant. Don't know why. Second person I've seen tonight already taken away. #Ferguson

Amanda Terkel@aterkel

Another guy just got arrested on W Florissant. Don't know why. Second person I've seen tonight already taken away. #Ferguson

2:13 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A demonstrator is arrested while protesting on Monday.
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A demonstrator is arrested while protesting on Monday.

A woman sits in the back of a police car after being arrested Tuesday.
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A woman sits in the back of a police car after being arrested Tuesday.

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This group of protesters marched to the police station.

This group of protesters right now is getting ready to march. #ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

This group of protesters right now is getting ready to march. #ferguson

2:10 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Peaceful protesting continued Tuesday evening throughout Ferguson.

They're headed to the police station. "When we march we ain't going to have no incident." #ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

They're headed to the police station. "When we march we ain't going to have no incident." #ferguson

2:12 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Making their way up the street, handing out flowers

Wesley Lowery@WesleyLowery

Making their way up the street, handing out flowers

2:34 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Ten days ago, a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, in broad daylight. Since then, the world has watched a community become engulfed in grief, anger, fear and at times violence.For a family mourning the loss of a son, it has been a profound personal tragedy. For Ferguson and our entire nation, it has ripped open old wounds that have festered for generations, and exposed difficult issues that communities across our country must still resolve.

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Al Sharpton will be giving the eulogy at Michael Brown's public memorial planned for Monday, the National Action Network told CNN.

#CNN : Al Sharpton to Give Eulogy at Michael Brown Funeral Monday #Ferguson

AnneClaire Stapleton@AnneClaireCNN

#CNN : Al Sharpton to Give Eulogy at Michael Brown Funeral Monday #Ferguson

4:06 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson spoke Tuesday afternoon with media about the officer-involved shooting in the city today.

St Louis police involved in the deadly shooting of a man who confronted officers with a knife while telling them "shoot me, kill me now" on Tuesday "followed force continuum" according to Chief Dotson.

Regarding the victim, Dotson said, "I believe he's 23, we'll verify that, we haven't been able to contact the family yet."

Dotson said that St. Louis police will have a "very strong presence tonight" in the part of the city where the shooting occurred.

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In St. Louis, crowds gather after shooting.

I'm at the scene of the officer involved shooting in St. Louis. Crowd is chanting "hands up, shoot back" #ferguson

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

I'm at the scene of the officer involved shooting in St. Louis. Crowd is chanting "hands up, shoot back" #ferguson

5:33 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Theodius Richmond (center): "I hope this stays peaceful." Me: do you think it will? Theo: "I doubt it"

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

Theodius Richmond (center): "I hope this stays peaceful." Me: do you think it will? Theo: "I doubt it"

6:05 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

At the scene where the crowds have gathered today after another officer involved shooting.

Jim Dalrymple II@JimDalrympleII

At the scene where the crowds have gathered today after another officer involved shooting.

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Attorney General Eric Holder confirms in an article published by the St Louis Post-Dispatch that approximately 40 FBI agents are investigating the shooting death of Michael Brown.

"The full resources of the Department of Justice have been committed to the investigation into Michael Brown's death. This inquiry will take time to complete, but we have already taken significant steps. Approximately 40 FBI agents and some of the Civil Rights Division's most experienced prosecutors have been deployed to lead this process, with the assistance of the United States Attorney in St. Louis. Hundreds of people have already been interviewed in connection with this matter. On Monday, at my direction, a team of federal medical examiners conducted an independent autopsy."

Holder is scheduled to be in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday.

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Brown family legal team said a public memorial for Michael Brown will take place Monday.

The location and other details have yet to be finalized.

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Suspect told officer, "Shoot me, kill me now," chief says.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson said a 23-year-old black man with a knife was shot and killed by a police officer in St. Louis.

According to police, the man took items from a store. When a clerk told him he needed to pay for what he had taken, the man started throwing the items, pacing the street, and talking to himself. The man was reportedly brandishing a knife, and did not respond to officers' verbal commands to drop his weapon, he said. When the man got within four feet of one officer, both cops fired their guns.

The suspect was acting erratically and came at one of two officers with a knife, saying, "Shoot me, kill me now," Dotson said.

A large crowd gathered at the scene, not far from Ferguson, according to reports, with people questioning the need to shoot the man.

Asked whether the events in Ferguson affected the speed which the chief provided information about his incident to reporters, Dotson said this is "how we do things normally here, putting out as much information as we can as soon as we can."

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson briefed reporters on the shooting this afternoon in St. Louis.
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St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson briefed reporters on the shooting this afternoon in St. Louis.

Police still taking to people at and inside the market, near the shooting scene in St Louis.

Diana Zoga KMOV@DIANAZOGA

Police still taking to people at and inside the market, near the shooting scene in St Louis.

3:42 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Officers gave suspect verbal commands. Officers feared for their safety and both officers fired their weapons. Suspect is deceased.

Chief Sam Dotson@ChiefSLMPD

Officers gave suspect verbal commands. Officers feared for their safety and both officers fired their weapons. Suspect is deceased.

3:10 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Today @SLMPD officers received a call for a subject who appeared agitated & was armed with a knife. Suspect yelled kill me now & approached.

Chief Sam Dotson@ChiefSLMPD

Today @SLMPD officers received a call for a subject who appeared agitated & was armed with a knife. Suspect yelled kill me now & approached.

3:09 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Officers are on administrative duty per department policy. The investigation continues.

Chief Sam Dotson@ChiefSLMPD

Officers are on administrative duty per department policy. The investigation continues.

3:11 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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There are reports of an officer involved shooting in St. Louis.

We've had an officer involved shooting in St. Louis City. Here at the scene to keep the crowd calm & find out exactly what happened. #peace

Antonio French@AntonioFrench

We've had an officer involved shooting in St. Louis City. Here at the scene to keep the crowd calm & find out exactly what happened. #peace

2:06 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson tweeted that an officer shot a man with a knife.

Officer involved shooting in the sixth district. Suspect brandished knife at @slmpd officers. No officers injured. Investigation is ongoing.

Chief Sam Dotson@ChiefSLMPD

Officer involved shooting in the sixth district. Suspect brandished knife at @slmpd officers. No officers injured. Investigation is ongoing.

2:23 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Breaking: Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting near Riverview Blvd & McLaran. http://t.co/zmGpvm4SNF #STL

KSDK NewsChannel 5@ksdknews

#Breaking: Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting near Riverview Blvd & McLaran. http://t.co/zmGpvm4SNF #STL

2:15 PM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, writes letter to Brown family.

Marsha Halper/Miami Herald, via Associated Press

"I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence," wrote Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin and the founder of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, in a letter published in Time. "We will no longer be ignored. We will bond, continue our fights for justice, and make them remember our children in an appropriate light. I would hate to think that our lawmakers and leaders would need to lose a child before protecting the rest of them and making the necessary changes NOW…"

Trayvon was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012.

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Report: 78 arrested in Ferguson overnight.

Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Associated Press

NBC News reported that 78 people were arrested during demonstrations overnight Monday. According to the report, "[A]ll but three were arrested for refusing to disperse." That number is significantly higher than the 31 people law enforcement officials said were arrested.

According to several reports, those arrested included residents of New York and California.

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St. Louis County Attorney to convene grand jury Wednesday.

A 12-member grand jury could begin hearing evidence Wednesday in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, the St. Louis County attorney's office said. Wilson will be given the opportunity to testify.

Volunteers head out to clean up after Monday night's unrest.

Dozens of volunteers march down W Florissant to assist with a morning cleanup. #Ferguson

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

Dozens of volunteers march down W Florissant to assist with a morning cleanup. #Ferguson

10:30 AM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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This is what the St. Louis Police Department looked like Monday night as officers fired tear gas into the crowd of protesters.

David Carson took this incredible front page photo of police firing tear gas for today's edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Capt. Ron Johnson held a press conference at 2:20 p.m. CT, in which he criticized media for "glamorizing" those committing violent acts on the streets of Ferguson.

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Now Johnson says the media got in the way. "Please clear the roads when asked." he says. "Give attention to the peaceful." #Ferguson

Michael Calhoun@michaelcalhoun

Now Johnson says the media got in the way. "Please clear the roads when asked." he says. "Give attention to the peaceful." #Ferguson

8:28 AM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Johnson again asks media not to glamorize violent protesters' activities. #Ferguson

Michael Calhoun@michaelcalhoun

Johnson again asks media not to glamorize violent protesters' activities. #Ferguson

8:32 AM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Capt. Johnson: "Yes, we may take some of you into custody. But when we've found out you're a journalist, we've taken the proper action."

Rob Edwards@RobertDEdwards

Capt. Johnson: "Yes, we may take some of you into custody. But when we've found out you're a journalist, we've taken the proper action."

8:35 AM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

During the conference, Molotov cocktails and guns seized during the protests were shown to the media.

Johnson also suggested it would be beneficial for those who wished to peacefully protest in Ferguson to do so in the daytime so as "not to become cover for violent agitators."

Capt. Johnson is asking for daytime protest. "That is my suggestion." #ferguson

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

Capt. Johnson is asking for daytime protest. "That is my suggestion." #ferguson

3:27 AM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He said 31 people had been arrested tonight, some of whom were from New York and California, none of whom were journalists.

Capt. Johnson says 31 people were arrested tonight. #Ferguson

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

Capt. Johnson says 31 people were arrested tonight. #Ferguson

8:28 AM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Four police officers were injured by missiles thrown by protestors.

Capt. Johnson: "Four St. Louis County officers were hit by rocks and bottles and sustained injury." #Ferguson

Rob Edwards@RobertDEdwards

Capt. Johnson: "Four St. Louis County officers were hit by rocks and bottles and sustained injury." #Ferguson

8:27 AM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Capt. Johnson said at least two people had been shot in Ferguson overnight.

Johnson: At least 2 people shot. SWAT trucks not deployed until things deteriorated. Had to get to victim. #Ferguson

Michael Calhoun@michaelcalhoun

Johnson: At least 2 people shot. SWAT trucks not deployed until things deteriorated. Had to get to victim. #Ferguson

8:25 AM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Capt. Ron Johnson: "In the dark of night, there were at least two people shot." #Ferguson

Rob Edwards@RobertDEdwards

Capt. Ron Johnson: "In the dark of night, there were at least two people shot." #Ferguson

8:25 AM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Anyone who’s been at these protests understands that there is a dangerous dynamic at night" - Capt. Johnson #Ferguson

Joel D. Anderson@blackink12

"Anyone who’s been at these protests understands that there is a dangerous dynamic at night" - Capt. Johnson #Ferguson

8:27 AM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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At least a dozen people were reported arrested Monday night.

#Ferguson 12 people just arrested in truck at Canfield, two pistols on arrestees & big Molotov cocktail found in bed of truck

David Carson@PDPJ

#Ferguson 12 people just arrested in truck at Canfield, two pistols on arrestees & big Molotov cocktail found in bed of truck

7:39 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Capt. Ron Johnson said on CNN that, in total, two protesters were shot and transported to the hospital Monday night. The shootings were not officer involved.

Captain Johnson: "We have to protect these officers out here.”

BuzzFeed News@BuzzFeedNews

Captain Johnson: "We have to protect these officers out here.”

1:51 AM - 19 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Police in Ferguson are reportedly launching tear gas into the crowd.

Police are launching gas. One protester described them as "fireworks"

Ryan Devereaux@rdevro

Police are launching gas. One protester described them as "fireworks"

6:04 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

One person was also reportedly shot in the hand and taken to the local hospital.

One person shot in the hand. Taken to @BarnesJewish #Ferguson

FOX2now@FOX2now

One person shot in the hand. Taken to @BarnesJewish #Ferguson

6:34 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Protesters approached a line of police in riot gear.

Police now ordering everyone who is not "credentialed media" to disperse or face arrest

Ryan Devereaux@rdevro

Police now ordering everyone who is not "credentialed media" to disperse or face arrest

6:48 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police were filmed moving forward, with their guns drawn.

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A demonstrator raises his hands in front of a fog of tear gas hovering over West Florissant Avenue.
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A demonstrator raises his hands in front of a fog of tear gas hovering over West Florissant Avenue.

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After a day of peaceful protest, officers with armored trucks and gas masks around 10 p.m. confronted the growing crowd as it moved into the street.

Armoured police trucks arriving. Pastors and peacekeepers trying to form a line between them and crowd #Ferguson

Jon Swaine@jonswaine

Armoured police trucks arriving. Pastors and peacekeepers trying to form a line between them and crowd #Ferguson

7:51 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Joshua Lott / Reuters

The street briefly turned to chaos as officers advanced and told protesters to move.

I see bottles hurled at police- some with liquid inside

Chris Hayes@ChrisHayesTV

I see bottles hurled at police- some with liquid inside

7:57 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some people running. Police ordering people away from vehicles. A degree of panic. Not good. Organisers appealing for people to disperse

Rob Crilly@robcrilly

Some people running. Police ordering people away from vehicles. A degree of panic. Not good. Organisers appealing for people to disperse

7:54 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In addition to tensions between the crowd and police, some locals did not approve of actions of out-of-town protesters.

"You are not from this community! Go away!" Pastor on loudspeaker yells #Ferguson

Michael Calhoun@michaelcalhoun

"You are not from this community! Go away!" Pastor on loudspeaker yells #Ferguson

7:56 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Out-of-town socialist hauled away from cops by @AntonioFrench. Police urging huge crowd of media, TV cameras away from their line.

Jon Swaine@jonswaine

Out-of-town socialist hauled away from cops by @AntonioFrench. Police urging huge crowd of media, TV cameras away from their line.

7:57 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Capt. Johnson pushes the police back, goes to meet a protest leader. Trying to diffuse. #Ferguson

Michael Calhoun@michaelcalhoun

Capt. Johnson pushes the police back, goes to meet a protest leader. Trying to diffuse. #Ferguson

8:18 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Ferguson-Florissant School District will stay closed for the week. Monday was supposed to be the first day of school for local students.

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"We believe that closing schools for the rest of this week will allow needed time for peace and stability to be restored to our community and allow families to plan ahead for the additional days that children will be out of school," the district said. Nearby the Jennings and Riverview Gardens School District canceled classes Tuesday.

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Police required protesters to keep moving Monday evening in Ferguson as the National Guard arrived at a command post.

The ACLU tried to block the new law enforcement strategy and creation of a "designated protest area." A judge denied the temporary restraining order, a move that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said protected public safety.

MO AG Koster: "Vast majority" of #Ferguson protesters peaceful, yet reasonable to arrest them if they stop walking :/

Danny Wicentowski@D_Towski

MO AG Koster: "Vast majority" of #Ferguson protesters peaceful, yet reasonable to arrest them if they stop walking :/

4:58 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Those who stopped on the sidewalk faced arrest.

Man arrested for briefly failing to keep moving #Ferguson

Jon Swaine@jonswaine

Man arrested for briefly failing to keep moving #Ferguson

4:45 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Protesters carry roses and march in #Fergurson on Monday

Alex Wroblewski@alexwroblewski

Protesters carry roses and march in #Fergurson on Monday

4:39 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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A Getty photographer was arrested Monday evening in Ferguson as police told people to move along.

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Fellow photographer says Getty photographer arrested was Scott Olsen

Jon Swaine@jonswaine

Fellow photographer says Getty photographer arrested was Scott Olsen

3:38 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Officers also interrupted CNN's Don Lemon during a live broadcast.

#Ferguson Police attempting to forcibly shutdown a *live* CNN broadcast. #1stAmendment

Ferguson Solidarity@FergusonUnity

#Ferguson Police attempting to forcibly shutdown a *live* CNN broadcast. #1stAmendment

3:29 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Officers also arrested eight protesters in St. Louis.

Eight protestors were peacefully arrested for failure to disperse.

St. Louis, MO Police@SLMPD

Eight protestors were peacefully arrested for failure to disperse.

3:30 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The ACLU posted a court order signed by officials last week that media and members of the public would be allowed to record in public.

Getty Images staff photographer Scott Olson was arrested this afternoon in Ferguson, Missouri, while on assignment documenting the events there. We at Getty Images stand firmly behind our colleague Scott Olson and the right to report from Ferguson. Getty Images is working to secure his release as soon as possible. We strongly object to his arrest and are committed to ensuring he is able to resume his important work of capturing some of the most iconic images of this news story.

Olson was released several hours later.

Scott Olson just released. He said “I want to be able to do my job as a member of the media and not be arrested for just doing my job”

Pancho Bernasconi@DailyLuca

Scott Olson just released. He said “I want to be able to do my job as a member of the media and not be arrested for just doing my job”

6:50 PM - 18 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Joel Anderson's account of Sunday night's chaos:

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

It was a little after 9 p.m., and I was in the McDonald's parking lot, standing by my car. A police helicopter circled overhead, its spotlight sweeping back and forth.

Then I heard the sound of shattering glass: A rubber bullet had been fired through a window of McDonald's, which until then, had been one of the few sanctuaries on West Florissant Avenue.

Now I didn't feel safe anywhere. Read more

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Attorney General Eric Holder: "Selective release of sensitive information" is "troubling to me."

Larry Downing / Reuters

Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement after his meeting with President Obama on Monday:

As I informed the President this afternoon, the full resources of the Department of Justice are being committed to our federal civil rights investigation into the death of Michael Brown.

"During the day today, more than 40 FBI agents continued their canvassing of the neighborhood where Michael Brown was shot. As a result of this investigative work, several new interviews have already been conducted.

"Moreover, at my direction, an additional medical examination is being performed on the body of Michael Brown. This autopsy is being performed today by one of the most experienced medical examiners in the United States military. I am confident this additional autopsy will be thorough and aid in our investigation.

"In addition to updating the President on these developments, I informed him of my plan to personally travel to Ferguson Wednesday. I intend to meet with FBI investigators, and prosecutors on the ground from the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney's Office officials about the ongoing investigation.

"I realize there is tremendous interest in the facts of the incident that led to Michael Brown's death, but I ask for the public's patience as we conduct this investigation. The selective release of sensitive information that we have seen in this case so far is troubling to me. No matter how others pursue their own separate inquiries, the Justice Department is resolved to preserve the integrity of its investigation. This is a critical step in restoring trust between law enforcement and the community, not just in Ferguson, but beyond.

"In order to truly begin the process of healing, we must also see an end to the acts of violence in the streets of Ferguson. Those who have been peacefully demonstrating should join with law enforcement in condemning the actions of looters and others seeking to enflame tensions.

"To assist on this front, the Department will be dispatching additional representatives from the Community Relations Service, including Director Grande Lum, to Ferguson. These officials will continue to convene stakeholders whose cooperation is critical to keeping the peace. Furthermore, as the President has announced, Ron Davis, our Director of the COPS office, will arrive on the ground in Ferguson Tuesday. Ron has been in touch with local and state officials since last week, providing technical assistance on crowd control techniques and facilitating communications between Missouri officials and other law enforcement officials whose communities have faced similar challenges in the past.

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National organizations focused on “the protection of the rights of African Americans and all Americans” issued a joint statement calling for a “comprehensive federal review” of excessive use of force and racial profiling by police across the country

Chris Geidner reports the 13 organizations — which include the ACLU, NAACP, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Action Network, and Rainbow Push Coalition — sent the letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday.

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President Obama: "No excuse for excessive force by police or any action that denies people the right to protest peacefully."

President Obama speaking from the White House on the situation in Ferguson.
Larry Downing / Reuters

President Obama speaking from the White House on the situation in Ferguson.

Speaking from the White House Monday, President Obama addressed the lingering unrest in Ferguson, Mo.

"It's clear that the vast majority of people are peacefully protesting," Obama said.

But he said it's clear a small minority are not, adding that the looting in Ferguson "undermines rather than advancing justice."

"There's no excuse for excessive force by police or any action that denies people the right to protest peacefully," Obama said. "Ours is a nation of laws for the citizens who live under them and for the citizens who enforce them. So to a community in Ferguson that is rightly hurting and looking for answers, let me call once again for us to seek some understanding rather than simply holler at each other. Let's seek to heal rather than to wound each other."

President Obama said he hopes the National Guard deployed to Ferguson will be "used in a limited and appropriate way."

Asked if there was more he could do for Ferguson, Obama said, "I have to be very careful about not prejudging these events."

"Part of the ongoing challenge of perfecting our union is dealing with communities that feel left behind," he said.

"In too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement," Obama said. "In too many communities, too many young men of color are left behind and seen only as objects of fear."

Addressing the independent investigation into the death of Michael Brown, President Obama said that Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Ferguson on Wednesday to meet with community leaders.

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Watch live: President Obama delivers a statement on Ferguson, Mo.

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President Obama will deliver a statement at 4 p.m. on the situation in Ferguson.

President Barack Obama is briefed Monday in the oval office by Attorney General Eric Holder on the situation in Ferguson, Mo.
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President Barack Obama is briefed Monday in the oval office by Attorney General Eric Holder on the situation in Ferguson, Mo.

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St. Louis County medical examiner will not confirm the report that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he died.

The St. Louis County medical examiner's officer told BuzzFeed Monday that their autopsy showed Michael Brown died from gunshots wounds, but "we're not confirming the number, direction, or toxicology."

The Washington Post is reporting that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he died according to a person "who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation."

The St. Louis County medical examiner said they were aware of the article, but would not confirm the report that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he died.

In a statement, Gov. Jay Nixon said there will not be a curfew Monday night and the National Guard's mission will be "limited."

Last night, Ferguson, Missouri experienced a very difficult and dangerous night as a result of a violent criminal element intent upon terrorizing the community. As long as there are vandals and looters and threats to the people and property of Ferguson, we must take action to protect our citizens.

Following coordinated attacks last night both on civilians and law enforcement officers, I signed an executive order directing the Missouri National Guard to help restore peace and order in Ferguson. The Guard's immediate and limited responsibilities under the direction of Colonel Ron Replogle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, are to provide protection, and ensure the safety of our Unified Command Center, which was the target last night of a coordinated attack. The Guard will concentrate its resources on carrying out this limited mission.

Missouri National Guard Brigadier General Gregory Mason will oversee Guard operations in Ferguson under the overall command of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

With these additional resources in place, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement will continue to respond appropriately to incidents of lawlessness and violence, and protect the civil rights of all peaceful citizens to make their voices heard. We will not use a curfew tonight.

Again, I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning the violent acts we saw last night, including the firing upon law enforcement officers, the shooting of a civilian, the throwing of Molotov cocktails, looting and a coordinated attempt to overrun the unified Command Center.

We are all frustrated and looking for justice to be achieved regarding the shooting death of Michael Brown. As the dual investigations continue into what happened nine days ago at Canfield Green, we must defend Ferguson from these violent interlopers so that the peaceful protests can operate in peace and the search for answers and justice can continue.

Attorneys and the forensic team who performed autopsy confirm Michael Brown was shot "at least six times, maybe more," say the "kill shot" went from back to front.

Attorneys for Michael Brown's family said Monday that the "kill shot" that struck Brown in the apex of his head went from a "back to front position," which is consistent with eyewitness accounts that Brown was surrendering when he was shot by officer Darren Wilson.

The experts who conducted the autopsy on behalf of the Brown family, Dr. Michael Baden and professor Shawn Parcells, forensic pathologist assistant, confirmed that Brown was shot at least six times.

Federal investigators are expected to conduct their autopsy today or tomorrow, Baden said.

"All of the gunshot wounds were survivable except the one at the top of the head that went through the brain," Baden said.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called the National Guard to Ferguson late Sunday without letting the White House know first, Evan McMorris-Santoro reports.

"Folks didn't know," an administration official told BuzzFeed Monday. "The White House did not know they were sending it in."

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