Vigils In Ferguson And Nationwide Stay Calm, But Message Remains : The Two-WayAfter four nights of tense clashes with police and several high-profile arrests, protests appeared to calm in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday night, with vigils held in cities nationwide.
Demonstrators hold candles and signs Thursday in Ferguson, Mo. Hundreds of people protesting the death of Michael Brown marched through the streets of Ferguson alongside state troopers on Thursday.
A crowd raises their arms while chanting "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" during a protest for Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., in San Francisco.
Protestors hold signs in support of those in Ferguson, Mo., during a rally at Meridian Hill Park, also known as Malcolm X Park, in Washington.
A group of people hold up their hands during a nationwide moment of silence at a vigil in Orlando, Fla. Protestors in Ferguson, Mo., say that Michael Brown, the teen whose shooting death on Saturday is at the root of tensions there, was in a similar pose when killed by a police officer.
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After four nights of tense clashes with police and several high-profile arrests, protests appeared to calm in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday night.
Earlier it was announced that the Missouri Highway Patrol would take over policing of the St. Louis suburb, where protesters have clashed with local authorities since a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teen on Saturday.
NPR's Cheryl Corley, reporting for our Newscast unit, said that it was an entirely different atmosphere on the streets of Ferguson Thursday night compared to the past several days of protests.
"There's no riot gear, nobody with guns [or] rubber bullets," Corley says. "In fact we hardly see police around this evening."
She said the few officers who were around walked through the crowds and were even talking with people gathered.