Curfew goes into effect in Ferguson

  • A protester reaches down to throw back a smoke canister as police clear a street after the passing of a midnight curfew meant to stem ongoing demonstrations in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 17, 2014.
  • People defy a curfew Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, before smoke and tear gas was fired to disperse a crowd protesting the shooting of teenager Michael Brown a week ago in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs on Aug. 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police officers stand in position by the 911 Hair Salon as they watch demonstrators protest Michael Brown’s death, Aug. 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson imposed a 12 a.m. CT curfew for demonstrators continuing to protest the death of Brown, who was shot and killed last week by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson after being suspected in taking part in a robbery at a convenience store. 
  • Demonstrators protest the death of Michael Brown, Aug. 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. 
  • Tear gas reigns down on a woman kneeling in the street with her hands in the air after a demonstration over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police officers stand in position as they watch demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown, Aug. 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. 
  • Capt. Ronald Johnson (R) of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who was appointed by the governor to take control of security operations in the city of Ferguson, greets demonstrators on Aug. 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • People listen as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks about the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown during a news conference Aug. 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Nixon and Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson imposed a 12 a.m. CT curfew for demonstrators continuing to protest the the killing of Brown, who was shot and killed last week by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson after being suspected of taking part in a robbery at a convenience store.
  • Business owner Mustafa Alshalabi cleans damage to his store, Sam’s Meat Market, after it was looted during another night of rioting following protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Alshalabi is carrying a firearm on his side in order to protect his property. Looters ransacked several businesses for several hours as police held a position nearby with military grade weapons and armored personnel carriers (APC). Violent outbreaks have taken place almost nightly in Ferguson since the shooting death of Brown by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9.
  • A young child looks out from a car as demonstrators drive down West Florissant Avenue protesting the shooting and death of Michael Brown on Aug. 15, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9. Protestors raise their hands and chant “Hands up, don’t shoot” as a rally cry to draw attention to reports that stated Brown’s hands were raised when he was shot.
  • Protesters stand in the middle of West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, refusing to leave despite police orders early Aug. 16, 2014. 
  • A woman pauses, Aug. 15, 2014, before a makeshift memorial in the middle of the street where Michael Brown was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.

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FERGUSON, Missouri – A citywide curfew went into effect hours after the governor declared a state of emergency in this largely African-American suburb of St. Louis where protests and the disproportionate police response roiled the community following the killing one week ago of an unarmed black teenager.

The number of loyal protesters dwindled in the countdown to the curfew deadline as heavy bouts of rain and community mediators managed to tamper down the crowd that gathered throughout the day. Ferguson’s 20,000 residents were ordered to stay indoors between midnight and 5 a.m. as police manned road blocks and patrolled the streets, restricting any movement by residents who flooded to the main area of protests during the early evening hours calling for justice in the killing of Michael Brown, who was shot dead by a police officer in broad daylight on Aug. 9.

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