A day after it was announced that a grand jury had decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown — news that sparked some of the most violent protests the area has seen — anger had hardly simmered down Tuesday night before hundreds of protesters took to the streets again.
As they have done almost daily over the last few months, protesters chanting "no justice, no peace" staged a rally in front of the Ferguson Police Department, which yesterday was heavily protected by dozens of National Guard officers sent to the town by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
In the past, the National Guard has kept largely to the margins of the protest, letting a coalition of local police forces handle the crowds, but on Tuesday guardsmen took a more active role and arrested 45 people, mostly for "unlawful assembly," according to police.
Unlike Monday, when the grand jury announcement of a non-indictment for Officer Wilson sparked looting and the burning of several local stores, protests remained tense but more peaceful Tuesday. Still, a few protesters hurled bottles at police, which prompted officers to declare the protest "unlawful" and move in to break up the crowd.
At one point during the night, a smaller group of protesters marched from the Ferguson Police Department to the town's city hall along streets decked out with holiday decorations, where they smashed the windows of a police car, flipped it over, and attempted to set it on fire. Police rushing to the scene quickly put of the flames and dispersed the crowd with tear gas.
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