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Startling Photos Of Ferguson The Morning After

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FERGUSON, MO — The protesting and rioting died down overnight here in Ferguson, and this morning residents were left to confront the mess left behind. At the intersection of West Florissant and Canfield, the main site of last night’s protests, and the August protests immediately following the death of 18-year-old Mike Brown at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson, the smell of smoke was still acrid in the air.

A woman tells ThinkProgress that gas continues to leak from this burned-down gas station

A woman tells ThinkProgress that gas continues to leak from this burned-down gas station

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Down the road, next to a burned-down gas station, 14 burned-out cars lined the street.

14 cars were burned out  during the protests

14 cars were burned out during the protests

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Ferguson morning after 11

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Ferguson morning after 16

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Over by the Ferguson police department, where protesters gathered last night to express their frustrations with Grand Jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson into a trial over Brown’s killing, storefronts were littered with broken glass, their windows knocked out after a night of looting.

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Left: A broken-in window of a storefront near the Ferguson police station. Right: Cops watch over a burned-down building on W. Florissant

Left: A broken-in window of a storefront near the Ferguson police station. Right: Cops watch over a burned-down building on W. Florissant

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Ferguson morning after 14

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Left: Another storefront left shattered . Right: Police stand near rising smoke on W. Florissant.

Left: Another storefront left shattered . Right: Police stand near rising smoke on W. Florissant.

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Near the police station, there weren’t many people out aside from news crews. One family, owners of a shop called Andy Wurm Tire & Wheel Co., was cleaning up the area near their store. They were reluctant to talk, but told ThinkProgress that they’ve lent their expansive parking lot to demonstrators during the protests, and have overall been a support pillar to the community. The family, who are white, hadn’t locked down their store in preparation for the protests the way that other store owners had.

Beauty supply  store that burned down. Cops block the street at W. Florissant

Beauty supply store that burned down. Cops block the street at W. Florissant

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Overall, the mood was fairly calm on Ferguson’s streets this morning. Residents of the town say they weren’t surprised that people looted and set fires, but they’re astounded to see the damage in person.

Ferguson morning after 6

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