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Ferguson grand jury ruling sparks riots - in pictures

Rioting has broken out in the US town of Ferguson, Missouri, following the announcement by officials that a police officer who shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown will not be charged.

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Image caption Crowds had been waiting hours for the announcement. Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden, listened to the ruling with a crowd of supporters. She burst into tears when she heard the announcement and began screaming
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Image caption The violence which broke out afterwards was "probably much worse" than in August, when disturbances first broke out, the local police chief said.
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Image caption Initially the protests in Ferguson were peaceful, following an appeal by Michael Brown's family
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Image caption But they later turned violent with protesters setting fire to shops and businesses and attacking police vehicles
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Image caption The sound of heavy gunfire was heard on Monday night, although officials said officers did not open fire
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Image caption There was looting, but some protesters - like the ones here - attempted to protect businesses
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Image caption Police used tear gas in an effort to disperse the demonstrators
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Image caption Some protesters used milk to try to soothe the effects of the tear gas
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Image caption Firefighters in Ferguson worked through the night to control several blazes, including this one at a strip mall
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Image caption There were peaceful protests in others parts of the country, including Los Angeles
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Image caption Oakland, California saw protests too, with some demonstrators blocking motorway traffic
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Image caption Protesters started several small fires in Oakland, with police there saying there were multiple arrests