American Unrest

The Battle for Ferguson, Missouri (PHOTOS)

Anger and frustration has driven peaceful protests into violent riots and looting following the shooting of Michael Brown last week.

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A protester speaks emotionally at a police officer during a protest down a street in Ferguson, Missouri on August 19, 2014. Police lowered their profile Tuesday and refrained from using tear gas, to allow a more orderly night of protests in this St. Louis suburb 10 days after killing of Michael Brown.

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A demonstrator is held back by others as he shouts and attempts to charge towards security forces in the early morning hours of August 20. Police in riot gear ordered dozens of lingering demonstrators in Ferguson to disperse late on Tuesday and charged into the crowd to make arrests as relative calm dissolved.

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Security forces charge demonstrators after being hit by water bottles.

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A man is doused with milk after being hit by an eye irritant from security forces trying to disperse demonstrators.

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Despite the Brown family's continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his death.

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 Police officers arrest a demonstrator.

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Demonstrators stand in the middle of West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson on August 18.

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A police officer raises his weapon at a speeding car (not pictured) as group of demonstrators stands on the sidewalk.

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Frederick Scott protests the killing of Brown.

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Police officers arrest a demonstrator.

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Rapper Nelly, center, takes part in a peaceful march near Ferguson.

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Demonstrators march down West Florissant Avenue during a peaceful march.

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Demonstrators face off with police after tear gas was fired at protesters.

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A protester picks up a tear gas canister to throw back towards the police after it was fired at demonstrators. 

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Demonstrators raise their hands in a gesture that has become a symbol of their frustration with Brown's shooting. 

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Protesters react to the effects of tear gas fired at demonstrators in the protests.

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Police officers attempt to disperse looters at the Dellwood Market after protests against the shooting of Brown turned violent. 

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The effects of tear gas are evident as protesters react after it was fired by police. 

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Fires set by looters gutted stores in Ferguson, prompting firefighters to respond.

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Smoke trails tear gas canisters fired into the air after protests in Ferguson.