Racial unrest in US after Ferguson officer not indicted

A police car burns during clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri on November 24, 2014 over the decision not to indict the officer in the shooting death 18-year-old Michael BrownLong-standing racial tensions in the United States have flared once again after a night of violence and protests over a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teen. Hopes and appeals — including from President Barack Obama — for a peaceful reaction in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson to the decision evaporated quickly after the decision was announced late Monday. Protesters shot at police, looted stores and set cars and buildings ablaze in what police said was the worst violence since officer Darren Wilson shot dead 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9. Early Tuesday, an eerie quiet pervaded the streets of Ferguson, with very few people in the streets and a police helicopter buzzing overhead.

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