Ferguson smolders after violent night

Protesters run for shelter as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(CNN) — A peaceful protest Tuesday morning in Ferguson, Missouri.

But last night, a Missouri grand jury decided officer Darren Wilson would not face charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Moments after last night’s announcement, the streets erupted in violence. Police fired tear gas to try and move the crowds, amid looting and gunshots. More than a dozen buildings, as well as police cars, were torched.

This comes despite pleas for calm from the family of Michael Brown, saying they want something positive to come from his death. But their anger and desperation was evident in a YouTube video, posted by the New York Times, shot last night as they found out about the decision.

Officer Wilson’s supporters want critics to look at the evidence as the grand jury did. “The physical evidence isn’t moved by emotion or news coverage or anything else. It speaks for itself,” said Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association.

In one of the first signs that the police department could be rethinking its strategy, it’s putting up a series of barriers around the Ferguson Police Department. The main concern is there could be a repeat of last night.


James Cartmill holds an American flag while protesting in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. Several thousand protesters marched through Oakland with some shutting down freeways, looting, burning garbage and smashing windows.
James Cartmill holds an American flag while protesting in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the grand jury announcement. Click here to see more photos of Monday’s rallies across the U.S. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

See below for the grand jury transcript of State of Missouri v. Darren Wilson:

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