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.
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
Jacob Rascon, NBC News correspondent based on Dallas, talks with Ari Melber about how protests in Dallas over the Ferguson grand jury ruling became more confrontational when protesters tried to block traffic. watch
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
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
Rev. Al Sharpton talks with Rachel Maddow about how Michael Brown's parents are dealing with the news that the police officer who shot their son will not be indicted and discusses the St. Louis prosecutor's impugning on the witnesses in the case. watch
Rachel Maddow points out officer Darren Wilson's characterization of Michael Brown as being especially big and powerful, with a face like a demon, despite Wilson's similar size, better training and access to weaponry. watch
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
Daryl Parks, attorney for Michael Brown's family, talks with Rachel Maddow about what legal alternatives the family is considering, and their reaction to the conduct of St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch. watch