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  1. Protests have spread to many US cities on a second night of unrest sparked by events in Ferguson, Missouri
  2. The unrest began after a jury decided not to charge a police officer for the killing of an unarmed black teenager
  3. Officer Darren Wilson says in a TV interview he has a clear conscience over the shooting of Michael Brown
  4. President Obama recognises deep-rooted "frustrations" but condemns violence
  5. All times GMT

Live Reporting

By Victoria Park, Thom Poole, Tom Geoghegan, Aidan Lewis, Alex Murray, Dominic Howell, Sarah Fowler, Neil Arun and Ben Bevington

All times stated are UK

Thank you and goodbye

The US is waking up after a second night of unrest. Protests have spread from Ferguson, Missouri, to several major cities, sparked by a jury's decision not to charge a police officer over the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

This brings an end to our live coverage here. You can follow the latest developments at the

BBC News website. Thanks for staying with us.

We leave you with this image of demonstrators in California, where several sporadic protests were reported.

Protest in Los Angeles

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@Johnsonamaechi tweets: The American society is one that its major successes were founded on the sweat of black people. #FergusonDecision

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Ferguson is a top story on Iranian media this morning. English-language Press TV has dropped some of its regular news coverage to dedicate all of its morning programming to "live" video from the protests.

The channel mentions demonstrations sweeping American cities including New York, where it says "angry protesters reached the UN headquarters". The front pages of a number of Iranian dailies are splashed with pictures of violence at the protests. Keyhan newspaper says there is "rebellion in 90 American cities".

The protests also reached Washington DC, where a group of demonstrators gathered before the White House.

Protestors try to burn a US flag outside the White House

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tweets: 37 out of 50 states stood in (some are still standing in) solidarity with Ferguson tonight. Amazing isn't even the word.

How the jury got there


New York Times has an in-depth look at the evidence the grand jury considered before deciding Officer Darren Wilson would not face criminal charges. Amid conflicting witness accounts, forensic evidence, and a wealth of police reports, the article suggests that in the end, "it all came down to Officer Darren Wilson himself".

American 'self-delusion'

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Ferguson is a front-page story in the German press, too. Uwe Schmitt, the former Washington correspondent of Germany's centre-right daily Die Welt, writes that Ferguson is a "predictable explosion", given the combination of a "grotesquely over-armed police force" with a black community "untouched by economic recovery, doing badly-paid jobs or having long fallen out of labour market, filling the prisons in proportions that defy probability".

He accuses many Americans of "self-delusion" when they ask how such violence can recur, while abroad "people shake their heads unsurprised, either in mourning or glee".

An image from earlier in the night: Police equipped with gas masks stand guard near the Ferguson city hall. A spokesman has confirmed that the police used tear gas at the site.

Police on guard near City Hall, Ferguson
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@Leavicci in Norway,

tweets: Really disappointed in the verdict yesterday. The court that freed Darren Wilson is no better than the man himself. #FergusonDecision

The view from China

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China's Global Times daily discusses the US judiciary.

"Do US courts always hand down fair decisions in controversial cases? Not necessarily - at least many people believe they are very unfair. However, US courts have the ability to say 'this is it, this is the end of the matter'. US courts are not authoritative because they are correct - they are correct because they are authoritative."

Meanwhile, the Qilu Evening News says that President Obama's support for the grand jury shows that mainstream society chooses to believe in the rule of law.

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Ellen Bencard, St Louis, Missouri: I'm on holiday here in my home town, St. Louis, though I've lived in the UK for 14 years and am now a British citizen. It's breaking my heart that this is the image of St. Louis that's going out to the world. It's so unrepresentative and misses all the subtleties and nuances… like people judging London solely on the violence in Clapham in 2011. Images of burning police cars are flashing around the world, but nowhere have I seen coverage of what I'm experiencing. Puzzled locals watching this madness from their living rooms, feeling unable to go out because the whole city is filled with anxiety. People who agree reform is needed, but also think the police were just doing their jobs.

LA protests

More on the protests in Los Angeles. One group of demonstrators there massed on the freeway, carrying barricades and halting traffic. Within minutes, police chased them onto an overpass, the Associated Press news agency reports.

Police move on protestors in Los Angeles

'Reasons to riot'

An article in

Time by Darlena Cunha argues that rioting is, for some marginalised communities, the only way to express their anger.

"I would put forth that peaceful protesting is a luxury of those already in mainstream culture, those who can be assured their voices will be heard without violence, those who can afford to wait for the change they want."

Aleem Maqbool

BBC News, Ferguson

tweets: Young protestors in Ferguson tell us the violence is "necessary".
Our report for this morning's @BBCr4today

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Many Arabic-language social media comments are mocking the US government for mishandling the case. Some of the comments say the verdict indicates that "racism" still exists in the USA. A Twitter hash tag, "USA protests" in Arabic, has been used over 4,000 times over the last day.

Some comments say the decision not to charge a police officer shows that racism still exists in the US. Others are more concerned about the safety of Arab communities in Missouri during the unrest.

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tweets: SO GLAD to see that #FergusonDecision is still trending worldwide. This is not something to take lightly or be ignored.

Looters again seem to have used the protests as a cover to attack businesses - as they did on Monday night. Here, a man leaves a damaged mobile phone store in Oakland, California.

Man leaves T-Mobile store, Oakland

'Helpful protesters'

More from that press conference in Ferguson by Police Chief Belmar. He says most of the 44 arrests on Tuesday night were for minor offences.

And his colleague, Capt Ron Johnson, says "some of the peaceful protesters were actually helping us tonight".

The view from Russia

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The Russian private television channel, REN TV, has described the protests as a "colour revolution" and "an attempt to start a civil war in the US".

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tweets: Looting grossly over-reported - while protestors protecting businesses grossly under-reported. #FergusonDecision

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@Dreams_on_Paper in Austin, Texas, US,

tweets: You know, when we can no longer count on our Government, it feels good to know we have eachother's backs. #FergusonDecision #FreeThePeople

The Facebook page of the St Louis County Police

has an image of some of the items confiscated by police on Tuesday night. They include bricks, a petrol bomb and a handgun.

Items confiscated by police in Ferguson
St Louis County Police

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@literary_lottie in Atlanta, US,

tweets: If today's events occurred in any other country we would recognize it as an abuse of human rights by a corrupt government. #FergusonDecision

Ferguson on Twitter

Buzzfeed has a

graphic showing Twitter activity around the US at the point when the jury announced its decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson over the shooting of Michael Brown.

There were a total of 3.9 million tweets about Ferguson on Monday night, Buzzfed says.

California protests

The Californian cities of Oakland and Los Angeles saw some of the biggest protests, outside of Ferguson.

In Los Angeles, protesters blocked highways using barricades. In Oakland, protesters damaged police cars and businesses. Windows were smashed at restaurants and car dealerships, the Associated Press news agency says, and several rubbish bins were set alight.

Here, a photo from Los Angeles shows protesters staging "die-ins" at a major intersection.

Protesters stage die-ins in Los Angeles

Andrew Christman, photojournalist


tweets: Participants laid in street in reaction to the #FergusonDecision next to civic center park. #9News.
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Marc Brown, @ABC7 Eyewitness News Anchor


tweets: People living in those downtown L.A. high rise apartments/condos are hearing a lot of helicopter noises tonight. #FergusonDecision

Police chief Jon Belmar says 44 people were arrested on Tuesday night.

'Calmer night'

Police chief Jon Belmar says there were fewer reports of arson on Tuesday night in Ferguson than on Monday night. There was also less gunfire.

He says several vehicles were damaged, including a police car. Rioters also broke windows at city hall, he says. That was the only place tear gas was used.

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A police spokesman in Ferguson says it has been "a better night" than the previous one, as the violence was not as severe.

The release of the jury documents has cast fresh light on the shooting of Michael Brown.


Washington Post has created a striking graphic, illustrating the differing accounts put forward by officer Darren Wilson and witness Dorian Johnson, who was with Mr Brown when he was shot.

Washington Post graphic of Ferguson shooting
Washington Post

Some indications from Ferguson that reporters are being urged off the streets, along with the crowds.

Officers are threatening reporters with arrest if they do not obey orders to leave the area, according to

this vine posted by Jon Swaine of the UK's Guardian newspaper.

He earlier

tweeted: Police forcing TV trucks to pack up and leave in Ferguson.

St Louis County Police Department

tweets: What appear to be urine-filled bottles thrown at police.

Photo of urine-filled bottles, according to St Louis County PD, on 26 November 2014
St Louis County PD

Reports of looting

Reports are emerging of further incidents of vandalism and looting in Ferguson.

St Louis Police Department says businesses along South Florissant Road have been targeted this time round and the windows of the Meineke car repair store there have been smashed.

Rajini Vaidyanathan

BBC News, Washington

tweets: National guard are now wearing gas masks and carrying riot shields. #Ferguson

National guard wearing gas masks

Sara Sidner, CNN correspondent

tweets: Outside #Ferguson suffering from Pepper spray. Police & National Guard now putting on gas masks. Now so are we.

This Reuters picture has been doing the rounds on Twitter. It shows inmates at a Boston prison put their hands up after taping the name "Mike Brown" on the window of their cell.

Inmates in the South Bay House of Corrections put their hands in the air after taping the name "Mike Brown" on the window of their cell as demonstrators clash with police on the street below the facility in Boston, Massachusetts, on 25 November 2014.

Spread of protests

Reports suggest that protests have taken place in more than 170 cities and towns across the US.

Political commentator Marc Lamont Hill tells CNN that officer Darren Wilson's account of what happened played into the fears and prejudices of white supremacists.

Tear gas has been fired at protesters for a second night in a row in the restive town of Ferguson.

A protester reaches for a tear gas canister during a second night of protests in Ferguson, Missouri on 25 November 2014.