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08/14/2014 11:40 pm ET Updated Aug 15, 2014

Photos Show Stark Contrast In Ferguson Following Security Overhaul

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Just 24 hours after police SWAT trucks, riot gear and tear gas defined protests of Michael Brown's shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri, an entirely different scene appeared on Thursday.

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) put Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, a Ferguson native, in charge of security operations after a heavy-handed show of force led by St. Louis County Police only seemed to heighten tensions. SWAT trucks were replaced with police cars Thursday, and officers marched alongside protesters in a peaceful demonstration. Below, compare photos from the violent protests on Wednesday with the peaceful march on Thursday.

On Wednesday:

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Police watch over demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Police advance through smoke Wednesday, in Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

On Thursday:

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Thousands of demonstrators peacefully march down a street with members of the St. Louis County Police and Missouri Highway Patrol Thursday in Ferguson, Missouri. The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting the death of an unarmed black teen shot by an officer. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Police officers march with demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on Thursday in Ferguson, Missouri. Today three police cars and four officers on foot led the way during the march. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on Thursday in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

See updates on the situation in Ferguson below:

08/26/2014 7:49 AM EDT

The Toll On Michael Brown's Family

USA Today's Yamiche Alcindor provides an intimate look at how Michael Brown's parents have been dealing with the loss of their son:

Phones constantly ring with reporters asking for interviews or family members offering support. Last week, as demands reached a tipping point, both parents moved into hotels to shield themselves.

In the days leading up to the funeral, Brown's mother continued to cry and spoke in whispers as she tried to explain her feelings.

"They say tomorrow is going to be the hardest day, but I think today was — just seeing my baby laying there, cold," Lesley McSpadden, 34, told USA TODAY. "It did something to my heart. It's too much. It's too much."

Read the rest at USA Today.

08/26/2014 7:44 AM EDT

New Audio Allegedly Captures Moment Michael Brown Was Shot

New audio has surfaced that allegedly captures the moment when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9.

CNN aired the unverified recording on Monday night. Six shots can be heard, followed by a pause, then several more. A private autopsy performed on Aug. 17 at the request of Brown's family found that the 18-year-old was shot 6 times, including twice in the head.

Read the rest here.

08/25/2014 12:58 PM EDT

Al Sharpton: America, It's Time To Deal With Policing

08/25/2014 12:53 PM EDT

Al Sharpton: All Of Us Are Required To Respond

08/25/2014 12:48 PM EDT

Benjamin Crump: We Will Not Accept Three-Fifths Justice For Michael Brown

08/25/2014 12:28 PM EDT

Funeral Program Includes Tribute From Michael Brown's Parents

USA Today reporter, Yamiche Alcindor shares photo of program which includes tributes to Michael Brown from his mother and father

08/25/2014 12:22 PM EDT

Michael Brown's Stepmother: He Prophesied His Own Death

08/25/2014 12:16 PM EDT

Michael Brown Had Been Dreaming About Death

08/25/2014 11:57 AM EDT

Program For The Funeral

08/25/2014 11:14 AM EDT

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