Gunshots were heard and bottles were thrown as anger rippled through a crowd outside the Ferguson Police Department in suburban St. Louis after authorities announced that a grand jury voted not to indict a white officer in the August shooting death of an unarmed black teen.
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Ferguson In Flames After Officer Is Cleared

Riots break out and 80 people are held after a grand jury announces it will not indict the cop who shot Michael Brown.

A grand jury decision not to bring charges against the white officer who shot Michael Brown has sparked riots in Ferguson, with buildings set ablaze, gunfire and looting.

Protesters torched businesses and police cars after the Missouri jury ruled that Officer Darren Wilson should not be indicted for the death of the unarmed black teenager on 9 August.

Flames engulfed at least a dozen businesses, including a storage facility, two auto parts stores, a beauty supply store and pizza shop.

Chief Jon Belmar of St Louis County said the rioting was “probably much worse than the worst night we had in August”.

He said he personally heard some 150 shots fired at police, while officers had not fired “a single shot”.

"I didn’t see a lot of peaceful protests out there," Mr Belmar told reporters in the early hours of Tuesday. 

No serious injuries were reported on either side but about 80 people were arrested on charges including burglary and trespassing.

The protests started immediately after the ruling was announced on Monday evening.

Mr Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, sat atop a vehicle listening to a broadcast of the announcement. When she heard the decision, she burst into tears and began screaming before being whisked away by supporters.

The crowd soon erupted in anger, and as the night went on, the protests became more violent.

Protesters smashed the windows of police cars and buildings, threw petrol bombs, bottles and rocks at officers, while Sky News’ Joey Jones said he had witnessed looting.

A group of demonstrators mobbed a police car, while sounds of gunshots briefly caused police to take cover behind their vehicles.

"Murderers, you’re nothing but murderers," one woman shouted at police. Others shouted "hands up, don’t shoot" - the chant that has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across America.

Officers in armoured cars responded by firing tear gas to try to disperse the demonstrators, and the Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction for Ferguson. The National Guard had been called up ahead of the announcement.

At the White House, Barack Obama called for restraint.

"We are a nation built on the rule of law and so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make," said the President.

The victim’s family said they were “profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child would not face the consequences of his actions” but added that “answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction”.

In their statement, they also asked everyone to “join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera”.

Several churches in Ferguson have opened their doors to provide safe haven for members of the public.

Peaceful protests are taking place in other US cities such as New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Announcing the decision not to charge Officer Wilson, St Louis county prosecutor Bob McCulloch said the grand jury deemed there was “no probable cause that a crime had been committed”.

The jurors - nine white people and three black people selected randomly - took three months to reach a decision. They heard 70 hours of evidence from about 60 witnesses, including three medical examiners and experts on blood, toxicology and firearms.

"They are the only people that have heard and examined every witness and every piece of evidence," said Mr McCulloch.

He said forensics showed Officer Wilson had fired 12 shots at the teenager, but that evidence suggested he had acted in self-defence during a struggle with Mr Brown, 18.

He said witnesses - including African Americans - saw the victim “come at” the officer “at full charge” before he was fatally shot. Reports that Mr Brown had his hands in the air surrendering when he was killed were contradicted by physical evidence and other witnesses, he added.

Images of Officer Wilson shown to the jury, which appear to show bruising to his face, were also released.

Mr McCulloch said the “most significant challenges” of the investigation included “non-stop rumours” on social media that were based on “little if any solid, accurate information”.

The prosecutor added that some witnesses had admitted giving statements based on what they “assumed” had happened or “repeated what they had heard on the street”.

Officer Wilson, 28, has not been seen since the shooting. His legal team said in a statement: “Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions.

"Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law."

The US Justice Department is conducting a separate investigation into possible civil rights violations that could result in federal charges against Officer Wilson.

Mr Obama said the events in Ferguson speak to broader challenges America faces.

"We’ve made enormous progress in race relations over recent decades but what is also true is that there are still problems," said Mr Obama, the first African-American President in US history.

"The fact remains that in too many parts of this country a deep distrust exists between police and communities of colour."