15 Powerful Images from the Ferguson Demonstrations
UNITED WE STAND
Following the news Monday night that police officer Darren Wilson wouldn't be indicted in the Aug. 9 shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, protestors take to the streets in Ferguson, Missouri – the St. Louis suburb where the incident occurred – to show their discontent with the decision. (Following the shooting this summer, which highlighted racial tensions in the U.S., demonstrations in and around Ferguson lasted for days.)
Police spent much of the night containing protestors on the Ferguson streets, which had recently been decorated for the holiday season.
UP IN FLAMES
Protests in Ferguson turned violent, with gunshots and fires occurring throughout the night. There was also looting at area businesses, including liquor and auto supply stores, and several storefronts burned to the ground.
A lone protestor stands amid clouds of smoke and tear gas in Ferguson.
In N.Y.C., a peaceful demonstration takes protestors from Union Square up through Times Square, where hundreds filled the streets to express their shock.
STARS & STRIPES
A supporter stands outside of the neon flag at New York City's U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Station.
LENDING A HAND
The demonstrators in New York City completely shut down Seventh Avenue during their march, where they chanted, "Hands up … don't shoot."
HEART OF THE MATTER
Crowds also gathered outside of the White House in Washington, D.C.; President Barack Obama later said, "The fact is, in too many parts of this country, a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color. Some of this is the result of the legacy of racial discrimination in this country. And this is tragic because nobody needs good policing more than poor communities with higher crime rates."
A group of students from D.C.'s Howard University get together on the ground outside of the White House. "We were sitting in the student lounge waiting for the verdict," 19-year-old Bonnie Mills, left, told the AP, "and the fact that [Wilson] won't even go to trial really affected us."
Back in Ferguson, protestors raise their arms as they face police on the streets.
Protests reached as far as San Francisco. Here, friends get together in the hours after the verdict was announced.
Firefighters in Ferguson work to control crowds, which came close to the town's fire department.
Ferguson, where this moment was captured, is a predominantly black town patrolled by an overwhelmingly white police force, according to the AP.
A MOMENT OF PEACE
"Those who decide to participate in demonstrations should remember the wishes of Michael Brown's parents, who have asked that remembrances of their son be conducted peacefully," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement Monday night. "It does not honor his memory to engage in violence or looting."
FACE TO FACE
Protestors in Ferguson, with their hands in the air, come right up to a line of policemen in riot gear as demonstrations continued into the night. "We need to recognize that this is not just an issue for Ferguson," Obama said. "This is an issue for America."