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  1. "Worst night" of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, follows grand jury ruling
  2. Jury decided not to charge a police officer over the death of a black teenager
  3. Michael Brown, 18, was shot by officer Darren Wilson on 9 August
  4. Mr Brown's family "profoundly disappointed", President Obama urges calm
  5. All times in GMT

Live Reporting

By Neil Arun, Victoria Park, Thom Poole, Tom Geoghegan and Taylor Brown

All times stated are UK

  1. Thank you and goodbye

    That wraps up our live page on the unrest in Ferguson.

    The US town saw its worst night of rioting in recent months. The disturbances were sparked by a jury's decision not to charge a police officer over the killing of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.

    Protests were also reported across several US cities, where the case was seen as a reflection of racial inequality and deeper injustice.

    Ferguson - and America - will wake up to count the cost of last night's violence in the clear light of day.

    Thanks for staying with us. You can keep following the latest developments on the BBC News website.

    Man silhouetted by flames, Ferguson
  2. Post update

    Oakland, California also saw demonstrations, with protesters blocking traffic.

    A protestor in Oakland, California
  3. Riots vs demonstrations

    Politico magazine's Todd S Purdum looks at the tension between peaceful and violent forms of protest in America's long fight for racial equality.

    "Demonstrations - even those that turned violent - have generally advanced the legislative and political cause of civil rights, while riots have more typically resulted in a backlash that retarded it," he writes.

  4. Post update

    The protests began peacefully but turned violent. Listen to the BBC's Aleem Maqbool tell the story of the night.

    A fireman fights a blaze in Ferguson
  5. Calm returns

    It will soon be daybreak in Ferguson. Many of the streets that saw the worst unrest have been cleared.

    Emily Rau, a reporter for the local KMOV network, tweets: All is calm at the moment.

    Jim Dalrymple II, a Buzzfeed reporter at the scene, says the smell of smoke - from buildings set alight by rioters - was hanging in the air long after the crowds had left.

  6. Post update

    This map shows the streets that saw the worst violence in Ferguson last night, as well as key locations from the shooting of Michael Brown in August.

    Ferguson map
  7. Get involved


    C.W. from Nova Scotia in Canada emails: I understand why people are angry but the grand jury made a decision based on all the facts presented to them. Looting and burning the shops -- owned and staffed by people trying to make a living, many of whom are immigrants trying to make a better life. It won't bring this young man back or bring closure to the family or justice to anyone. This further divides a community already in turmoil. Look at what you are doing to yourselves.

  8. Ferguson's 'tank man'

    Social media users have drawn similarities with one demonstrator in Ferguson and the iconic "tank man" image from the Tiananmen Square protests. You can see one of the photos below and the two side-by-side here.

    A protestor blocks armoured vehicles in Ferguson
  9. Get involved

    Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay

    Deray McKeeson in Ferguson tweets: Do I condone violence/looting/etc? No. Many have remained peaceful. I understand their anger but do not condone their actions.

  10. Ferguson in pictures

    If you are just joining us, you can catch up on events with our gallery, showing some of the dramatic pictures from the night.

    A protester in Ferguson following the grand jury verdict
  11. 'Out of jobs'

    Laura Hettiger, a reporter for local news network, KMOV, tweets about a meeting with a worker at Little Caesars restaurant, which was set alight in the unrest: Just talked to @littlecaesars worker. He says @GovJayNixon promised this wouldn't happen. Now worker & his daughter are out of jobs

  12. LA protests

    There have been demonstrations in cities across the US after the verdict. This was the scene in Los Angeles.

    Protests in Los Angeles after the grand jury's verdict in the Michael Brown killing
  13. Case 'not entirely closed'

    Many campaigners are disappointed by the jury's decision. However, further inquiries - sparked by the shooting of Michael Brown - are in the pipeline.

    Sherrilyn Ifill, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Legal Defence and Educational Fund told BBC World of two other investigations.

    "One [is] an investigation into whether federal civil rights charges can be brought against Officer Wilson," she says.

    The other is into the practice of the Ferguson Police Department. She says the second inquiry will examine whether the department "engaged into what we call a pattern and practice of racial discrimination in policing over the course of several years."

  14. Post update

    Rajini Vaidyanathan

    BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: Fire engines return to command centre after a v busy evening. A dozen buildings burning, police say.

    Fire engines return to base in Ferguson
  15. Darren Wilson's next move

    CNN has been considering what will happen now to Officer Darren Wilson. He has reportedly been negotiating his resignation from the force. One of CNN's legal experts, Mark O'Mara, said it would be "senseless" for him to go back to Ferguson - or indeed to "law enforcement".

    Another CNN legal expert pointed out that Officer Wilson could stay in the job if he chose to - because of his rights under the law.

  16. Post update

    The BBC's Aleem Maqbool had to move swiftly when police fired tear gas at protesters in Ferguson. He describes the moment in this short video on the BBC News website.

  17. Get involved

    Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay

    Matt in Ferguson tweets: What happens when police are not prepared or "militarized" as some suggested. My town was burned to the ground.

  18. St Louis County Police Department

    tweets with the image below: Bricks thrown at police, 2 police cars burned, gun seized by police. Tonight was disappointing.

    A gun confiscated by police after the grand jury decision in Ferguson
  19. Get involved

    Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay

    Mytrice A. Marcano in Ferguson tweets: I can't turn the tv off; can't sleep. Nerves are on edge. It's hard living in the middle of this. Get it together

  20. 'No serious injuries'

    Here is more detail on the night's rioting from St Louis police chief Jon Belmar.

    "The good news is we've not fired a shot, as far as I know we don't have any serious injuries to police officers that got banged up a little bit with rocks," he says.

    "One lieutenant from the patrol got hit in the head with a glass bottle but we don't have any serious injuries. As far as I know we haven't caused any serious injuries tonight. We did deploy tear gas."

  21. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times

    tweets about what the coverage of Ferguson on Twitter says about the US: "The simultaneity of Twitter tonight has been unreal... starting from the moment President Obama was delivering remarks as gas hit the streets. Everything has been split-screen from there... Which is, actually, a metaphor for the American condition, but I'll spare you the speech."

  22. Post update

    Unrest was also reported in other parts of Missouri. Here, cars burn at a dealership in the city of Dellwood, near Ferguson.

    Cars burn at a dealership in Dellwood
  23. St Louis County Police Department

    tweets: "Change is created through our voice, not the destruction of our community" - Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson

  24. Meanwhile...

    Away from Ferguson, demonstrators have also taken to the streets in other US cities, seeing the Michael Brown case as a symbol of deeper injustice and racial inequality. Here, a protester in Seattle, Washington, is struck by pepper spray from the police.

    Protester reacts after being hit by pepper spray
  25. Get involved

    Tweet: @BBC_HaveYourSay

    @DrBrittany tweets: More cops than I even knew we had in #Oakland just all went by my place at once. #Ferguson

  26. 'Holding onto Hulk Hogan'

    The grand jury report, released a few hours ago, includes descriptions from Officer Darren Wilson of the scuffle that led to the shooting of Michael Brown. He compared Brown to Hulk Hogan - the famous US wrestler.

    "And when I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan," he said.

    "That's just how big he felt and how small I felt just from grasping his arm."

    You can explore the documents at the St Louis Public Radio site.

  27. The night in numbers

    More details about the night's unrest from St Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.

    Around 150 gunshots were reported overnight, but police say they did not fire any shots. Around a dozen businesses were set alight, and 29 arrests were made, he says. At least two police cars were set on fire.

  28. Ferguson police updates

    You can watch the ongoing police news conference live via the stream on this page.

  29. BreakingBreaking News

    St Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar: Ferguson violence "worse than the worst night in August" - when the first protests erupted over the shooting of Michael Brown.

  30. Police news conference

    At a news conference in Ferguson, St Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says: 'We were hoping for a peaceful protest."

    However, he says "the officers started taking rocks and batteries" as soon as the grand jury's decision was announced.

  31. Post update

    The National Guard has been deployed in Ferguson, alongside police - reports now say Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has ordered additional guardsmen in to support police operations.

    National Guard in Ferguson
  32. Firefighters 'left because of gunshots'

    Witnesses say the night's violence in Ferguson is more destructive than the unrest that followed the shooting of Michael Brown in August. The Associated Press news agency reports that firefighters had to turn back from one location scene because of gunfire.

  33. Paul Lewis, The Guardian

    tweets: Just had close shave. Three of us journalists attacked by gang. Poor reporter we were with punched and had wallet stolen. Only just got away

  34. Post update

    There have been many reports of looters taking advantage of the unrest to target shops in Ferguson.

    Looting in Ferguson
  35. St Louis County Police Department

    tweets: U. City officer was shot in the arm. He is expected to be okay. Shooting may not be related to #Ferguson unrest.

  36. Dashiell Bennett, editor, The Atlantic

    tweets: CNN reporter just hit with a rock during live shot.

  37. Post update

    A number of fires have been blazing in Ferguson. Here, firefighters stand in front of a burning restaurant.

    Firefighters at a restaurant that was set on fire in Ferguson, 24 November 2014
  38. Statement by Officer Wilson's lawyers

    Lawyers for Darren Wilson say the officer followed his training and the law when he shot and killed Michael Brown in August, Reuters reports.

    "We recognise that many people will want to second-guess the grand jury's decision. We would encourage anyone who wants to express an opinion do so in a respectful and peaceful manner," the lawyers said, in a statement.

  39. Aleem Maqbool, BBC North America correspondent

    tweets: We've seen so much more vandalism & looting tonight than any night in #Ferguson in August

  40. Post update

    At least one protester has also been detained in New York's Times Square.

    A protester sits in a police van after being detained in Times Square in New York on 24 November 2014.
  41. Rajini Vaidyanathan, BBC North America correspondent

    tweets: Steady stream of fire engines, police cars and helicopters above, departing and arriving at command centre as violence worsens #Ferguson

  42. Jon Swaine, reporter, the Guardian

    tweets: "All they had to do was give us justice," guy in a bandana says. "I feel like a pitchfork been stuck in my stomach and twisted" #Ferguson

  43. Post update

    Another suspected looter was carried away by police outside the local dollar store in Ferguson.

    A suspected looter is apprehended outside a Dollar Store when protestors rioted following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on 24 November 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
  44. Post update

    Acts of looting have been reported across Ferguson. Here, a looter was caught in the act as he was leaving a burning Walgreens store.

    A looter walks out of a burning Walgreens store which was set on fire after protestors rioted following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on 24 November 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
  45. Casey Nolen, journalist, KDSK News

    tweets: @stlcountypd reports #UCity Police Office[r] shot at Canton & Lamb. Condition unknown. Searching for suspect. #Ferguson

  46. Post update

    Dozens of protesters have now blocked a road junction in Oakland, California, with some lying on the ground while others outlined their bodies in chalk, AP reports.

  47. Post update

    Officer Wilson has penned a letter of thanks to his supporters, KSDK News reports. "Your support and dedication is amazing and it is still hard to believe that all of these people that I have never met are doing so much for me," he writes.

  48. Post update

    The authorities have released more than 1,000 pages of grand jury documents that include Officer Wilson's testimony describing his encounter with Michael Brown. In it, he told jurors that he was concerned the 18-year-old would punch him for a second time and could "knock me out or worse".

  49. Post update

    Thousands of people have taken to the streets across the US in protest against the grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. Several protesters blocked a major road junction in Los Angeles.

    Demonstrators sit on the street and block an intersection during a rally on 24 November 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
  50. Post update

    Another photo released by the St Louis County Prosecutor's office shows an injury sustained by officer Darren Wilson during the altercation with Michael Brown.

    St Louis County Prosecutor's Office photo shows police officer Darren Wilson photo taken shortly after 9 August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, presented to the grand jury and made available on 4 November 2014.
  51. Paul Lewis, Washington correspondent for the Guardian

    tweets: I'm very glad I bought a bullet-proof jacket. Thought it might be over the top. Streets of #Ferguson right now as dangerous as some warzones

  52. Post update

    In his statement, Prosecutor McCulloch recounted some of the key moments from the August shooting. He said that less than 90 seconds passed between Officer Wilson's first contact with Michael Brown and his companion and the arrival of a back-up police car, which came just seconds after the final shot.

  53. Post update

    St Louis airport says the no-fly order has not closed the airport and departures are proceeding as normal. However, several flights arriving at St Louis have been diverted.

  54. Post update

    The protests in Times Square, New York, continue.

    Protests in New York
  55. Post update

    St Louis County Police walk back earlier assertion tear gas was not used. They tweet: At appx 9:15p, tear gas was used on S. Florissant after smoke was unsuccessful in dispersing violent crowd. Smoke was used FIRST #Ferguson

  56. Post update

    CBS News tweets photos of Darren Wilson's injuries after the shooting, shown to the grand jury

    Darren Wilson injury
  57. Post update

    Several buildings in Ferguson have been broken into and looted, while a pharmacy and a pizza shop are reportedly on fire.

  58. Post update

    You can see the moment prosecutor Bob McCulloch read out the crucial part of the decision.

  59. Post update

    Movie star Michelle Rodriguez tweets: Protestors please remember that you cant act like animals and expect to be treated like civilized citizens learn from 1992 Rodney King riots

  60. Post update

    Police form a line in the street under a holiday sign after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri 24 November 2014

    Police form a line under a holiday banner in Ferguson

  61. Post update

    Bahman Kalbasi, BBC Persian, Ferguson

    Car attacked
  62. Post update

    The BBC's Aleem Maqbool was describing what he's seeing on the streets of Ferguson when he had to run from tear gas being fired nearby. You can hear his report here.

  63. Post update

    A crowd of nearly 50 have been chanting outside the White House, and have held a moment of silence.

  64. Post update

    St Louis councilmember Antonio French tweets: Lots of stores broken into at N. Florissant and Hereford, including Walgreens, Aaron's, and now US Bank. No police on the scene.

  65. Post update

    David Botti, BBC News, Ferguson

    Kevin Jones

    "This isn't something that's going to go away for a long time, because people just can't go back into their houses and put it on the back burner. It's got to be change." - says Kevin Jones, at the edge of protests, on South Florissant St.

  66. Post update

    US Attorney General Eric Holder: "It does not honour his [Brown's] memory to engage in violence or looting. In the coming days, it will likewise be important for local law enforcement authorities to respect the rights of demonstrators, and deescalate tensions by avoiding excessive displays - and uses - of force."

  67. Post update

    Joanna Jolly, BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: #Ferguson demonstrators say they were helping a woman having a heart attack, police told them to drop her and then fired at them

  68. Post update

    Reporting live from just north of the Ferguson police station, BBC's Aleem Maqbool says that something appeared to startle the crowd gathered to his south. He says that a tear gas canister landed right next to him, forcing him and fellow journalists covering the scene to pull away from what appears to be an advancing column of police armoured vehicles.

  69. Post update

    Demonstrators in Los Angeles show their support for Brown.

    Los Angeles
  70. Post update

    St Louis Police Department tweets: Police are not deploying tear gas. They are using #smoke to break up unruly crowds. #Ferguson

  71. Post update

    Defence lawyers said Mr Wilson would like to "thank those who have stood by his side throughout the process".

    "Moving forward, any commentary on this matter will be done in the appropriate venue and not through the media."

  72. Post update

    Statement in from Officer Darren Wilson's legal team: "Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law."

  73. Post update

    Lynsea Garrison, BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: Police telling people to get out of the street, to stop throwing rocks at police or subject to arrest.

  74. Post update

    Reporter Charlie LeDuff tweets: Just hit in head with a cannister

    Photo from leDuff
  75. Post update

    Washingtonian writer Benjamin Freed tweets about protesters in Washington DC: Update: This crowd just got way bigger. At least 200 headed down 16th Street toward White House.

  76. Post update

    David Botti, BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: Tear gas at police HQ.

    David Botti
  77. Post update

    A car is attacked in Ferguson.

    Ferguson car attacked
  78. Post update

    While the president speaks from the White House briefing room, appealing for calm, the anger is palpable on the streets of Ferguson and elsewhere.

  79. Post update

    We have made enormous progress in the past several decades in race relations, the president says, but problems remain. "Problems communities of colour are not making up."

  80. Post update

    We need to recognise Ferguson speaks to larger issues in the US, Mr Obama says, including distrust between police and communities of colour.

  81. Post update

    "I also appeal to law enforcement to show restraint" - Obama

  82. Post update

    Mr Obama says he joins Michael Brown's family in calling for calm protest and actions that lead to "positive change"

  83. Post update

    He appeals for protests to be peaceful.

  84. Post update

    President Barack Obama begins to speak.

  85. Post update

    Lindle Markwell, BBC News, Ferguson

    Approximately 15 police cars just sped out of Target car park, lights & sirens blaring.

  86. Post update

    Protesters listen to the grand jury decision at the Ferguson Police Department.

    Protesters listen to the grand jury announcement in the shooting of Michael Brown outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri, 24 November 2014
  87. Post update

    President Barack Obama will deliver a statement at 10:00 EST, in a few moments.

  88. Post update

    Riot police have formed outside the police station in Ferguson.

    Riot police
  89. Post update

    New Yorker writer Philip Gourevich tweets: The endless confusion of witness testimonies this "prosecutor" is describing sounds like a compelling case for going to trial.

  90. Post update

    David Botti, BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: Barber shop we were in closed immediately after verdict. Partly because of possible violence, partly to go protest. #Fergsuon

  91. Post update

    Mr McCulloch says he is not allowed to say what the vote was and said his two assistant prosecutors presented five indictments to the grand jury to consider.

  92. Post update

    Joanna Jolly, BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: #Ferguson police now in full riot gear

    Riot police
  93. Post update

    Broadcaster and academic Marc Lamont Hill tweets: Stood in front of Michael Brown's mom as she heard the verdict. Nothing more painful than seeing her face.

  94. Post update

    The testimony and evidence will be released, he says.

  95. Post update

    Mr McCulloch says Mr Wilson had "swelling" and "redness" on his face when seen at a hospital.

  96. Post update

    The family asks protests to be peaceful - "We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen."

  97. Post update

    Michael Brown's family says in statement: "We are profoundly disappointed that killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions".

  98. Post update

    Witnesses described a "tussle, wrestle or a tug-of-war", he says. Some said Brown punched the officer.

  99. Post update

    Wilson encountered Brown and "gave chase", and the fatal shots occurred as Brown moved towards Wilson, Mr McCulloch says.

  100. Post update

    Miami Dolphins' running back LaMichael James tweets: Ferguson ... This is unbelievable

  101. Post update

    Witness statements were compared for consistency with each other, and to the physical evidence, he says.

  102. Post update

    "An altercation took place" while Wilson was inside the vehicle, and Michael Brown standing outside, the prosecutor said.

  103. Post update

    He is now explaining the timeline of events before Michael Brown's death.

  104. BreakingBreaking News

    Mr McCulloch said the grand jury has returned no charges. Darren Wilson has not been charged.

  105. Post update

    There is no question that Darren Wilson caused Michael Brown's death, but the inquiry does not stop there, Mr McCulloch says.

  106. Post update

    Mr McCulloch says most difficult part of the investigation was "24-hour news cycle" and speculation on social media.

  107. Post update

    Several witnesses subsequently adjusted their stories, says Mr McCulloch.

  108. Post update

    Some witness statements contradicted by the physical evidence, he says, such as those saying Brown was shot in the back.

  109. Post update

    St Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch now speaking, begins by extending sympathy to Brown family.

  110. Post update

    It's coming in two minutes now, we're told.

  111. Post update

    "[Unrest] isn't something to even worry about, it's something to expect. You can't be calm when you don't have a voice." - Roderick Griffith, barber on W Florissant

    Barber shop
  112. Post update

    Missouri's National Guard is present on streets of Ferguson.

    National Guard troops arrive ahead of the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown shooting case on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson has been struggling to return to normal after Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9.
  113. Post update

    We are minutes away from hearing the grand jury decision now. All eyes are on the Justice Center in Clayton, Missouri.

  114. Post update

    As night fell in Ferguson, protesters adopted the "hands-up" gesture that has characterised the peaceful demonstrations ever since the shooting.

    Protesters in Ferguson
  115. Post update

    ABC News social media editor Micah Grimes tweets: White man surrounded. #Ferguson crowd claim he's with KKK. Some are trying to get him out. "Keep the peace!

    He later tweets: Police moved through tense crowd, extracted the man, moved back through and the situation has de-escalated.

  116. Post update

    Eli Rosenburg, a Kansas City, Missouri, local reporter, tweets: STOCKING UP: It really feels like those times right before a major snow storm inside this #Ferguson @Schnucks.

    Tweet grocery shop
  117. Post update

    In Chicago, demonstrators are using the #Chi2Ferguson hashtag to document the crowds growing outside the police headquarters.

    And ABC News is reporting that the Los Angeles Police Department has been placed on "tactical alert".

  118. Nationwide rallies

    A Tumblr called the Ferguson National Response Network lists rallies planned around the country, from Madison, Wisconsin, to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to Bangor in Maine. The list includes Sanford, Florida, where black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot dead by neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman.

  119. Post update

    Writer Lauren Kirchner tweets: Couple hundred people walking east down the middle of 14th st in NYC, banging drums, stopping traffic... #Ferguson

  120. Post update

    Kansas City Star reporter Jason Hancock tweets: Amnesty international observers have arrived at #Ferguson police department.

  121. Post update

    In Philadelphia, protestors are starting to line up in front of City Hall with signs that say "Stop police terror, indict killer cops."

  122. Post update

    W Florrisant

    David Botti, BBC News, Ferguson tweets: 41 degrees [Fahrenheit] on W Florissant, the cold winds have died down. All quiet. Couple helos above, and small groups walking

  123. Post update

    As well as in New York, there are protests planned in many US cities, among them Oakland, California, in Dallas, Texas, and in Baltimore, Maryland.

  124. Post update

    More footage - via Vine - of a protest beginning in New York City's Union Square

  125. Post update

    Joanna Jolly, BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: "Jesuit priests and a sister gather in #ferguson to 'show their solidarity with the black community'"

    Jesuits in Ferguson
  126. Post update

    But others believe the timing has more to do with consideration for commuters.

    Another user, @pourmecoffee wrote "Not endorsing, but maybe so people who want to can leave work, be off roads, pick up kids, and in their homes"

    Earlier today, the BBC was told as guidance to expect an announcement "after rush hour" which could indicate some consideration for those trying to get home.

  127. Timing under scrutiny

    There has been some criticism of the timing of releasing the decision later in the evening. As the night goes on and the wait for a decision grows longer, online speculation about ulterior motives has begun.

    "They don't want violence yet to wait till dark when most violence happens...go figure," wrote @Gil_Laury

    Miami Herald writer Joseph Goodman asked, "I wonder how much more overtime the cops make in St Louis for an announcement at night compared to during the day?"

  128. Family anxiety

    Sabrina Webb

    Sabrina Webb, Michael Brown's cousin tells the BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan the family feels "overwhelmed" and "lots of anxiety".

    "This is the justice system. This is America, it could go either way," she says, adding the family has had no hints about what the grand jury has decided.

  129. Post update

    The email from the prosecutor's office confirming the press conference is quite brief.

    "The Grand Jury announcement concerning the Darren Wilson case will be at 8:00 P.M. this evening at the Justice Center, 100 S. Central, Clayton, Mo. All seats have been accounted for and no one else will be allowed in the building."

    That's 0200 GMT.

  130. Post update

    David Botti, BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: Heard people on W. Florissant being concerned verdict announcement will come after dark - wish would wait till morning #Ferguson

  131. Post update

    Joanna Jolly, BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: Close to the #ferguson police station and protestors are keeping warm inside for the moment

    Protesters waiting in Subway
  132. Post update

    Writer and presenter Baratunde Thurston tweets: As we await the grand jury decision in #ferguson, i urge all law enforcement officials to remain calm

  133. Post update

    Franz Strasser, BBC News, Ferguson

    "If [Darren Wilson] is not indicted, I believe they will burn the city down," says Thomas Bradley, who works at a barber shop on W Florissant.

    Thomas Bradley
  134. Post update

    Rajini Vaidyanathan, BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: At least 50 protestors in front of police station.. numbers building up. Chanting "Hands up, don't shoot". #Ferguson

    Protesters near police station
  135. Post update

    During his press conference, Missouri governor Jay Nixon said that mental health providers would be made available to provide counselling and support.

    Earlier this week, after Nixon declared a state of emergency, the mayor of St Louis requested 400 National Guard troops to deploy to the city in the event of protests and unrest.

    In response, St Louis council member Antonio French sent a letter to Mr Nixon requesting the deployment of 400 mental health counsellors to address the "unique and horrific combination of events and disruptions to normal life" in the St Louis area.

  136. Post update

    Rajini Vaidyanathan, BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: Family tells me #MikeBrown parents will be present when #GrandJuryDecision is announced. #Ferguson

  137. Moving on

    Sonny Dayan, a business owner on West Florissant, a main road in Ferguson, has decided not to board its windows. He spoke to the BBC's David Botti.

    "I'm happy because somehow they'll reach an agreement and we can move on - no matter what's the result. We can just move on with our life: kids can go back to school, businesses can open up normally, and be part of the community like we used to be before."

    Sonny Dayan, business owner
  138. The world watching

    Mr Slay adds "the world will be watching us" and says the St Louis area has "an opportunity to show the nation the ways in which a community can be more fair and more just for everyone. We must seize this opportunity together."

  139. Post update

    St Louis City Mayor Frances Slay says they will allow protesters to slow traffic but not allow serious injuries.

  140. Post update

    At the same press conference, St Louis County executive Charles Dooley said: "I do not want people in the community to think they have to board up their doors... This is not the time to turn on each other. It is time to turn to each other."

    He notes thousands of protesters came to the area in October without any major problems.

  141. Post update

    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is calling for people to show "tolerance, mutual respect and restraint" in the hours ahead, regardless of the grand jury decision.

  142. Post update

    Some protesters have already begun demonstrating in New York against what they say is police brutality, including the death of Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a chokehold by a New York City police officer.

    A man holds a sign with images of Eric Garner and Michael Brown as protesters begin to rally in New York, 24 November 2014
  143. Anger in art

    "I couldn't get away from what's going on... I grew up here"

    Howard Barry put his anger over the death of Michael Brown into art. The BBC's Franz Strasser met him in a gallery in downtown St Louis, one of 18 locations where Ferguson related artworks are being shown.

    Barry's art
  144. Decision time

    The grand jury decision will be announced at 20:00 local time (02:00 GMT), US media report.

    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will speak at a separate press conference in a few minutes.

  145. 'Copwatcher' arrest

    David Whitt

    David Whitt, a Ferguson resident, has been instrumental in starting a "cop watch" program that trains citizens to lawfully monitor the police.

    Now reports have emerged that Whitt has been arrested. Jacob Crawford, one of the founders of WeCopwatch, a national copwatch education group, posted via Facebook that Whitt was charged with "obstructing traffic" while cop watching earlier today.

    His efforts to prepare for the grand jury decision were part of Franz Strasser's extensive feature on the subject.

  146. Post update

    Joanna Jolly, BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: Gorgeous sunset over #ferguson as we wait for the decision

    Sunset in Ferguson
  147. Post update

    St Louis Post Dispatch reporter Nicholas Pistor

    tweets: Everyone is tweeting and driving in #Ferguson. Only dangerous thing I've seen today.

  148. Post update

    Brown's mother and father visited the United Nations committee against Torture earlier this month in Geneva where they testified about their son's death

    The mother Lesley McSpadden (2nd L) and father Michael Brown Sr. (R) of slain teenager Michael Brown, address the media with their lawyer lawyer Darryl Parks (2nd R) after a news conference in Geneva 12 November 2014
  149. Post update

    Rajini Vaidyanathan, BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: Al Sharpton @TheRevAl press release suggests Gran Jury decision will be at 9pm EST, that's 8pm here. Still checking this. #Ferguson

  150. Post update

    Schools in the Ferguson-Florissant district will closed tomorrow due to expected protests, the school district says.

  151. Press conferences

    Still no official word on when the public announcement will be made, but there are a couple of other press conferences we can confirm.

    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will say a few words at 1730 local time (2330 GMT) and later the Reverend Al Sharpton, a broadcaster and civil rights activist, will speak from Harlem, New York, at 2115 local time (0215 GMT).

  152. Post update

    Joanna Jolly, BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: "Live for @BBCOne with @AleemMaqbool in #ferguson, local resident just drove by yelling at the media to go home"

    Aleem Maqbool waiting to go on air
  153. Post update

    A woman visits a memorial set up at the site of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson earlier today.

    A woman visits a memorial set up at the site of the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, November 24, 2014.
  154. Post update

    Joanna Jolly, BBC News, Ferguson

    tweets: "The boarding up begins on Central Ave, starting with the jewelry shop"

    Boarding up shops in Central Ave, Ferguson
  155. Post update

    Brown's death on 9 August sparked protests, sometimes violent, as family and supporters called for the officer who shot him, Darren Wilson, to be charged over his death.

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  157. Post update

    The grand jury's decision - expected later on Monday evening - comes after weeks of hearing evidence.

  158. Post update

    Welcome to our live page coverage of a grand jury decision on potential charges over the death of Michael Brown, a black teenager killed by a Missouri police officer in August.