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People around the country who disagreed with the decision responded with everything from peaceful candlelight vigils to looting and burning of businesses. In addition to Ferguson, the areas that saw the most charged reactions included Oakland and New York.
Witnesses of the violence, fellow protesters and members of the media documented the events on social media.
Ferguson, St. Louis
The St. Louis County Police Department called the night of Nov. 25 the worst night of violence they have seen.
Prior to the decision, tensions were high outside of the Ferguson police office.
After the decision, Mike Brown's mother addressed the protesters, clearly upset.
As tensions mounted, protesters gathered throughout Ferguson and Saint Louis.
The protests included blocking Highway 44.
The violence resulted in injuries, with 16 people being sent to the hospital. One reporter was hit by a rock on live TV.
At least 61 people were arrested and more than a dozen buildings were burned, in addition to the burning of cars and and looting of businesses.
Ferguson schools were closed Tuesday, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered more National Guard assistance in the area.
San Francisco, Oakland
In Oakland, violence broke out as protesters damaged property and set small fires. The protests led to at least 40 arrests, but no serious injuries were reported.
In New York City, hundreds of protesters peacefully gathered in Union Square and then marched to Times Square.
Police Commissioner William Bratton was spattered with fake blood during the protest.
LAPD said three arrests were made downtown.
More than 250 protesters gathered downtown, and 110 Freeway was shut down near Pico as protesters took to the street.
Hundreds of protesters gathered downtown, especially outside the police headquarters, but the city saw little violence, reported ABC 7 Chicago's Eric Horng. No arrests were made, and no property damage was reported.
Must be said majority of Chicago protestors tonight were beyond civil. One point, my cameraman stumbled and marchers had his back. #Ferguson— Eric Horng (@EricHorngABC7) November 25, 2014
Philadelphia also saw hundreds of peaceful protesters throughout downtown.
Protesters gathered outside of the White House were chanting "Black Lives Matter."
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