Captain Ron Johnson of Missouri Highway Patrol
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Ferguson police: 'Much better night'

A dozen US cities have seen new protests over the decision not to charge a white policeman who shot a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

Demonstrations from New York to Seattle were mostly peaceful but rioting broke out in Oakland, California.

There was some unrest in Ferguson itself, with police making 44 arrests, but the town did not see rioting on the scale of Monday night.

Captain Ron Johnson of Missouri Highway Patrol said the action of peaceful protesters assisted the police.

''We are committed to making sure we continue to make our communities safe,'' he said.

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