CNN.com early this morning reporting, “Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — As the rain dropped and smoke fell, the fists shot up. Police fired smoke canisters on protesters defying a curfew issued in order to prevent mayhem in Ferguson, Missouri, where the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked a week of protests and sporadic looting.
About 150 protesters gathered a day after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and implemented a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew. Despite a quiet first few minutes early Sunday morning, a handful of people — a noticeably younger group than what has been the norm in Ferguson — marched towards police. Many of them were out to express their disagreement with the curfew by marching and raising their hands in the air — an action that’s become symbolic of these protests, echoing what some witnesses say Michael Brown was doing before he was killed.
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“If we’re going to achieve justice, we first must have and maintain peace. I’m committed to making sure the forces of peace and justice prevail,” Nixon said at a community meeting. “If we’re going to achieve justice, we first must have and maintain peace.” But the meeting at a local church at times was tumultuous. People repeatedly interrupted Nixon, shouting, “You need to charge the police with murder!” and “We want justice!”
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