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A grand jury’s decision on Monday to not indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown sparked protests in Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting took place, and in other cities across the United States.
Moments after St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the decision, angry crowds began pouring into Ferguson’s streets. Some taunted police, broke windows and vandalized cars. Within a few hours, several large buildings were set ablaze, and frequent gunfire was heard. Officers used tear gas to try to disperse the crowds.
Other protests in response to the decision took place in Chicago and Seattle. Authorities said the protests were large and loud but mainly peaceful. In Oakland, California, protesters demonstrated their anger with the decision by blocking traffic on a major interstate in the Bay Area. In Los Angeles protesters blocked the northbound lanes of Interstate 110.