Photo Essay

  • People raise their hands in the middle of the street as police wearing riot gear try to get them to disperse on Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police officers patrol a street in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 11, 2014.
  • A child uses a rag to shield her face from tear gas being fired by police who used it to force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police refuse to let people leave a neighborhood on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Police responded with tear gas as residents and their supporters protested the shooting by police of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown who was killed Saturday in this suburban St. Louis community. 
  • People look out the windows of a house as police wearing riot gear try to disperse a crowd on Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. 
  • Police officers keep watch from an armored vehicle as they patrol a street in Ferguson, Mo. on August 11, 2014
  • Police stand near a group of protestors on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • A man is helped by two women following an encounter with police on Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Demonstrators protest the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot by police on Saturday, on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police force protesters from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Demonstrators protest the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot by police on Saturday, on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Police officers arrest a man who refused to leave when police in riot gear cleared the area of S. Florissant Road and Church Street in downtown Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 11, 2014.
  • Protesters are forced by police from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Community members gather outside the Ferguson Police Department to protest the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager killed by a police officer, in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 11, 2014.
  • Police guard a Quick Trip gas station that was burned the previous day when protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown turned to riots and looting on Aug. 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • Phaedra Parks, left, comforts Desuirea Harris, the grandmother of Michael Brown, during a news conference on Aug. 11, 2014, in Jennings, Mo. 
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Ferguson residents demand justice in teen's death

Updated
By msnbc staff

FERGUSON, Missouri – After days of unrest following the killing of Michael Brown — the unarmed 18-year-old who was gunned down by a Missouri police officer Saturday afternoon — large groups of residents continued to demand justice this week in the city of Ferguson. 

Several hundred police officers confronted crowds for a second night on Monday, as peaceful day protests turned violent and authorities arrested 15 people by nighttime. There were reports of tear gas fired, as well as taunting and yelling from drivers toward police as they passed various intersections, according to NBC News’ Ron Allen.

Riots first broke out Sunday night after a candlelight vigil. Police arrested 32 people in Ferguson, where individuals smashed car windows, broke into stores, and set fire to a business following Brown’s death. Peaceful protesters marched from the Ferguson fire station along a nearby street for the duration of Monday, at times coming face-to-face with shielded police officers who formed a barricade that spanned across the road.

Ferguson authorities have allowed for the protests, but Chief Tom Jackson warned that officers would shut down the rallies if they became violent. Residents planned to hold a similar demonstration Tuesday outside of the prosecuting attorney’s office in nearby Clayton.

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