Photo Essay

  • A demonstrator raises his arms before police officers move in to arrest him on Aug. 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police officers in riot gear watch demonstrators protesting against the shooting of Michael Brown from the side of a building in Ferguson, Mo. Aug. 19, 2014. 
  • Police arrest a demonstrator protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Demonstrators join hands during their protest against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on. Aug. 19, 2014. 
  • A police officer in riot gear and another officer stand in position as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 19, 2014.
  • Security forces charge demonstrators after being hit by water bottles during a protest against the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo during the early hours of Aug. 20, 2014. 
  • Protesters are pushed back by police on Aug. 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • A demonstrator is held back by others as he shouts and attempts to charge towards security forces during a protest against the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo on Aug. 20, 2014. 
  • A man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after being hit by an eye irritant from security forces trying to disperse demonstrators protesting against the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 20, 2014. 
  • People watch protesters from inside a restaurant on Aug. 19, 2014, during a rally for Michael Brown, who was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Demonstrators protest Michael Brown’s murder in Ferguson, Missouri August 19, 2014. Funeral services are planned on Monday for the unarmed black teenager whose fatal shooting by a white policeman in Missouri has ignited more than a week of racially charged clashes in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
  • Protesters march on Aug. 19, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. 
  • Missouri National Guard troops are deployed to provide protection for a police command center on Aug. 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • A school bus full of children gesture and chant, “Hands up, don’t shoot” as the vehicle drives past the scene where St. Louis metropolitan police earlier shot and killed a man wielding a knife in the St. Louis area Aug. 19, 2014.
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A calmer night, as tension remains in Ferguson

Updated
By msnbc staff

In what Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson called a “turning point” for Ferguson in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the city saw its calmest night of protests as no bullets or tear gas were used. 

Johnson added that the bottles thrown around midnight led officers to don helmet shields and search for the agitators among the crowd. There were 47 arrests by 1 a.m. and two handguns were seized. 

On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder will visit the city – he promised a full and uncompromising civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9.

 

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