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A protester gestures with his hands up in front of police officers during a second night of protests in Ferguson, Mo. on Nov. 25, 2014. (Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

As protests spread, a 'much better night' in Ferguson

11/26/14 08:00AM

It would be an overstatement to say developments in Ferguson last night were quiet, though compared to Monday night, the violence subsided. The overnight report from the msnbc team on the ground:
Protesters returned to the streets of Ferguson Tuesday for a predominantly peaceful night of demonstrations that eventually gave way to small and isolated outbursts of damage to local businesses and property on a night marked by a heightened National Guard presence.
 
Scores of demonstrators braved the bitter cold and gathered before the Ferguson Police Department Tuesday night as isolated flare-ups of destruction to public property and tense stand-offs between the crowd and police at times resulted in protesters being taken away into custody.
In an early morning press conference, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters, "Generally it was a much better night." That said, there were at least 44 arrests -- mostly for misdemeanors -- and as NBC News' report noted, windows were broken at City Hall.
 
The improved conditions coincided with a vastly larger National Guard presence, with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) more than tripling the number of guardsmen and women to 2,200 last night.
 
What made last night especially noteworthy, though, were the related protests in cities far from St. Louis.

Brown's family reacts and other headlines

11/26/14 07:50AM

Michael Brown's mom reacts to Darren Wilson's first public comments. (Today.com)

Brown family condemns broken system. (The Hill)

St. Louis cancels its Thanksgiving Day parade. (KSDK)

Black Friday gun buys test background check system. (AP)

Court denies Arizona request to block driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. (Washington Post)

Pres. Obama threatens to veto $440 billion tax deal. (NY Times)

Supreme Court to review EPA mercury emission rules. (USA Today)

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Prosecutor impugns witnesses in Ferguson case

Prosecutor impugns witnesses in Ferguson case

11/26/14 12:38AM

Rachel Maddow outlines other potential legal cases that may yet be brought in the death of Michael Brown, and points out how St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch discredited the witnesses in the case while announcing the grand jury ruling. watch

Arrests in Ferguson as police disperse crowds

Arrests in Ferguson as police disperse crowds

11/26/14 12:28AM

Wesley Lowery, reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Ari Melber about arrests in Ferguson, Missouri as police try to disperse crowds of protesters, and describes the types of people who have shown up to participate in protests. watch

Conflict with White House eyed in Hagel exit

Conflict with White House eyed in Hagel exit

11/25/14 09:49PM

Rachel Maddow reports on the announcement that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will resign, and highlights recent headlines that may have been the source of friction between the White House and the Pentagon, including extending troops in Afghanistan. watch

Ferguson outrage spreads nation-wide

Ferguson outrage spreads nation-wide

11/25/14 09:25PM

Rachel Maddow rounds up protests taking place around the U.S., in addition to in Ferguson, Missouri, in response to the grand jury decision yesterday not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. watch

Ahead on the 11/25/14 Maddow

11/25/14 08:14PM

Tonight's guests:

  • Daryl Parks, Michael Brown's family attorney
  • Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC's "PoliticsNation" and President of the National Action Network

Check back soon for a preview of tonight's show

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