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National Guard to withdraw from riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri

Published on Aug 22, 2014 8:59 AM
 

FERGUSON (REUTERS) - Missouri's governor ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from the strife-torn town of Ferguson on Thursday as tensions appeared to ease after nearly two weeks of racially charged protests over the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.

Demonstrations after dark on Wednesday marked one of the calmest nights of street gatherings in the St. Louis suburb since the unarmed 18-year-old youth was gunned down by a white police officer on Aug. 9 under disputed circumstances.

The Brown shooting has sparked nightly rallies punctuated in most instances by looting, vandalism and clashes between demonstrators and heavily armed riot police, often ending in volleys of tear gas and dozens of arrests.

The turmoil has cast the community of 21,000 people into the international spotlight as an emblem of often-troubled U.S. race relations.

A member of the National Guard cordons off a staging area inside a shopping center parking lot in Ferguson, Missouri. Missouri's governor ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from the strife-torn town of Ferguson on Thursday as tensions appeared to ease after nearly two weeks of racially charged protests over the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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