After more than a week of protests in Ferguson that often ended in violent clashes between police and demonstrators following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, relative calm and restraint was exercised for a third consecutive night.
As the National Guard began withdrawing from the St. Louis suburb, hundreds of protesters marched, chanting, "Hands up, don't shoot," while police monitored without intervening.
As hopeful as residents are that the worst of tensions are over, some also seem to recognize that they aren't out of the woods just yet. With Michael Brown's funeral scheduled for Monday, as well as whether or not the decision by the grand jury results in charges against officer Darren Wilson, there are still some potential trigger moments.
"This officer has to be indicted. I'd hate to see what happens if he isn't. The rioting, the looting, man ...," Ferguson resident Larry Loveless told the Associated Press, as he stopped at the memorial where Brown was killed.
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