From USA TODAY
First relatively calm night in Ferguson since teen’s death
FERGUSON, MO. — As a grand jury began investigating whether a Ferguson police officer should be criminally charged for the death of Michael Brown, the embattled community, hit by violent protests the past 11 days, enjoyed its first night of relative calm since the teen was killed Aug. 9. By 12:30 a.m. local time Thursday, many of the 150 protesters who had paced back and forth on Ferguson’s West Florissant Avenue had gone home, tensions defused by community leaders, a more relaxed posture by police, the arrival of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and evening rain and lightning storms. Dasha Jones, 19, marched with a sign that read, “The Whole Damn System is Guilty.” She said she saw Brown’s body lying in the street for hours after his death. The image traumatized her. “I feel like that could have been any one of my family members,” said Jones, who has been protesting since the day the unarmed Brown was killed. “I’m not tired because he doesn’t have justice,” she said.
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