More than three months after the death of Michael Brown, a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot the unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9.
On that summer day and for many weeks after, the Ferguson, Missouri, community had erupted in protests, both peaceful and sometimes violent, that were heard around the nation. On Monday and Tuesday nights, protests (again, some violent) drew heavy media attention, leaving no escape from the reality of more racially charged conflict around a young man’s death.
Here are a few numbers, some that might have foreshadowed the latest protests and others that show the power of people's despair:
The number of people arrested during the demonstrations Monday night. A related note: 44, the number of people arrested Tuesday night.
The number of cities around the world that held demonstrations Monday in honor of Michael Brown.
The number of times out of 162,000 that federal grand juries declined to return an indictment in 2010, the most recent year for which data are available. Granted, the grand jury that didn't indict Wilson was not federal, and federal grand juries rarely consider cases against police officers, but the figure is suggestive of how often prosecutors obtain an indictment when they want to.
Roughly the number of witnesses who testified before the Ferguson grand jury. A related note: 70, the number of hours the grand jury convened.
The number of minutes St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch got into his 20-minute statement about the grand jury’s decision before protests began.
The number of minutes Brown’s parents asked the public to remain silent in remembrance of their son following the announcement of the grand jury’s decision. The figure represents the number of hours that Brown’s body reportedly was left lying on the ground before police finally took him away.
The number of National Guard troops that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) ordered out Tuesday following the previous night's protests. This is more than three times the number of troops deployed a week prior to the jury’s announcement.
The number of buildings in Ferguson that were burned during protests the night of the grand jury announcement.
The number of shots fired from Wilson's gun. Wilson reportedly had only one bullet left in his weapon.
The age Brown was when he was killed.
The number of black male teens who were fatally shot by a police officer for every one white male teen from 2010 to 2012.
HuffPost's Braden Goyette, Jenna Amatulli, Nick Wing, Alana Horowitz and Sam Stein contributed to this report.
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BEFORE YOU GO
11/30/2014 3:28 PM EST
Wilson Resigned Over Safety Concerns, Lawyer Says
he white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer, resigned from the force without any severance deal, the mayor of the St. Louis suburb said on Sunday.
The officer, Darren Wilson, announced his resignation late Saturday, saying he feared for his own safety and that of his fellow police officers after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
11/30/2014 7:27 AM EST
10 People Arrested During Portland's Ferguson Protest
PORTLAND, Ore (AP) — Authorities say 10 people have been arrested in Portland during a protest related to the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting.
The city police bureau says the arrests came Saturday night "after a large group of protesters laid down in the street and refused lawful orders to clear the roadway."
Earlier, the gathering over the Missouri shooting death of a black man by a white police officer included a speech by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
The Oregonian reports that Jackson urged nonviolence and said the resignation of the officer was "a step in the right direction," but that much remained to be done to achieve justice for the victim.
Police say that after Jackson left, some protesters marched around downtown and sporadically disrupted traffic.
Officials say some bottles were thrown at officers and a police car was damaged.
The nine adults and one juvenile arrested will face charges that include disorderly conduct.
11/29/2014 10:15 PM EST
11/29/2014 10:01 PM EST
Large Police Presence
11/29/2014 9:42 PM EST
Saturday Night Protest In Ferguson
11/29/2014 9:26 PM EST
Armed 'Oath Keepers' Plan To Protest
The NYT reports that armed members of the group "Oath Keepers" are in Ferguson to offer their help protecting businesses from damage.
From the NYT:
The volunteers, who are sometimes described as a citizen militia — but do not describe themselves that way — have taken up armed positions on rooftops here on recent nights....
But on Saturday, with the county police said to be threatening the Oath Keepers with arrest, the volunteers decided to abandon their posts and instead protest against the authorities. Late in the day on Saturday, a protest was being planned for that night.
Read more here.
11/29/2014 6:56 PM EST
Darren Wilson Resigns From Ferguson Police Department
Darren Wilson has resigned from Ferguson police department.
Read his resignation letter below, via St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"I, Darren Wilson, hereby resign my commission as a police officer with the City of Ferguson effective immediately. I have been told that my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk, which is a circumstance that I cannot allow. For obvious reasons, I wanted to wait until the grand jury made their decision before I officially made my decision to resign. It was my hope to continue in police work, but the safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me. It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal. I would like to thank all of my supporters and fellow officers throughout this process."
11/27/2014 12:55 PM EST
Murals In Ferguson
The group that's out painting right now also did this mural. It's a block or so from the Ferguson PD pic.twitter.com/tqgIUhR8C0— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) November 27, 2014
11/27/2014 11:28 AM EST
Ferguson Protests Hit Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Unrest following the Ferguson grand jury's decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson has hit the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Using #StopTheParade as a rallying cry, protesters attempted to disrupt the annual parade in New York City. According to Mashable, police arrested some of the demonstrators just as the parade kicked off.
11/27/2014 11:19 AM EST
Ferguson Library Stays Open Throughout The Protests
MSNBC's Steve Kornacki reports on Ferguson's public library, which has remained open throughout the protests.
Over 50 volunteers helped staff the library, which provided free lunches to children as schools remained closed. The library also offered help to businesses who suffered damage during the protests following the grand jury's decision.
"We have a dramatic setting right now but it is not different than what libraries do every day," library director Scott Bonner said.