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A woman walks past a boarded up storefront which was painted by neighbors in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 27, 2014. Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, had seen sometimes violent protests since the explosive decision by a Missouri grand jury not to charge a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teen in August. The decision revived long-standing questions about the treatment of young African Americans by police -- questions again asked after the weekend shooting in Cleveland of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Neighbors paint a boarded up storefront in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 27, 2014. Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, has seen violent protests since the explosive decision by a Missouri grand jury not to charge a police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot dead 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9. The decision revived long-standing questions about the treatment of young African Americans by police -- questions again asked after the weekend shooting in Cleveland of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Neighbors paint a boarded up storefront in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 27, 2014. Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, has seen violent protests since the explosive decision by a Missouri grand jury not to charge a police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot dead 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9. The decision revived long-standing questions about the treatment of young African Americans by police -- questions again asked after the weekend shooting in Cleveland of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl paints a boarded up storefront in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 27, 2014. Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, has seen violent protests since the explosive decision by a Missouri grand jury not to charge a police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot dead 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9. The decision revived long-standing questions about the treatment of young African Americans by police -- questions again asked after the weekend shooting in Cleveland of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl paints a boarded up storefront in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 27, 2014. Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, had seen sometimes violent protests since the explosive decision by a Missouri grand jury not to charge a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teen in August. The decision revived long-standing questions about the treatment of young African Americans by police -- questions again asked after the weekend shooting in Cleveland of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl paints a boarded up storefront in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 27, 2014. Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, had seen sometimes violent protests since the explosive decision by a Missouri grand jury not to charge a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teen in August. The decision revived long-standing questions about the treatment of young African Americans by police -- questions again asked after the weekend shooting in Cleveland of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Anjana Patel cleans up the damage from Monday's riots at her store, Ferguson Market and Liquor, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old has stoked passions nationwide, triggering debates over the relations between black communities and law enforcement. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Shan Zhao, owner of On On Chop Suey restaurant, looks at his business while cleaning up, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. after it was damaged in overnight protests following a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Cathy Jenkins, who with her husband, runs Cathy's Kitchen in downtown Ferguson, Missouri, speaks with customers on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. The restaurant was spared from violence on Monday when protesters locked arms to prevent people from looting or setting it on fire following a grand jury's decision not to indict a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black man last August. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)
Nick Ahmad, owner of Elite Liqour, peers out through the store's door while waiting for customers on the main business street that is still closed off to the public after Monday's riots in which several businesses in the area were damaged, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Ahmad paid $3000 to hire several residents from the community to stand guard outside his business Monday night and successfully deterred looters from entering the store. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 25: A worker cleans up glass at a business that was damaged during a demonstration on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Demonstrators caused extensive damage in Ferguson and surrounding areas after a St. Louis County grand jury decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 10: Dorothy Kaiser, 80, cleans shop inside the I Love Ferguson store on Monday, November 10, 2014, in Ferguson, MO. All proceeds above the cost of the goods sold are donated to businesses without insurance that were destroyed in the looting that followed the shooting of Michael Brown on August 9 of this year. The St. Louis suburbs are bracing for the outcome of the grand jury decision about whether or not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Many are hoping to avoid a repeat of the violence that broke out in the weeks following the shooting.
A police officer tightens tape sealing off an area to the public at the scene of Monday's riots that damaged numerous businesses, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old has stoked passions nationwide, triggering debates over the relations between black communities and law enforcement. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Jerome Jenkins, who with his wife runs Cathy's Kitchen in downtown Ferguson, Missouri, talks with a customer on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Jenkins says protesters locked arms to prevent vandalism at his restaurant after the announcement that a white Ferguson police officer would not be indicted in the shooting death of an unarmed black man last August. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)
Kush Patel, right, carries out bags of merchandise while helping his uncle Andy Patel, rear, clean up the looting damage from Monday's riots at his store, Ferguson Market and Liquor, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old has stoked passions nationwide, triggering debates over the relations between black communities and law enforcement. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Snow falls as the front door of an office sits amongst the charred remains of a building on the main business street of West Florissant, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared away debris Wednesday as Ferguson sought a tentative return to normal after two nights of unrest over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A man cleans glass from the floor of a store where protesters and looters rampaged businesses following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 25, 2014. Long-standing racial tensions in the US have flared once again after a night of violence and protests over a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a white policeman who shot dead the unarmed black teen. Protesters shot at police, looted stores and set cars and buildings ablaze in what police said was the worst violence since officer Darren Wilson shot dead Brown. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Freshly fallen snow covers bricks from a burned down beauty store and office building on the main business street of West Florissant avenue, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared away debris Wednesday as Ferguson sought a tentative return to normal after two nights of unrest over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A woman begins cleaning up a convenience store Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The store was one of several that were vandalized following an announcement a grand jury would not indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 25: Volunteer Sarah Holmes helps to clean up after violent protests damaged businesses following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 25: A worker cleans up glass at a business that was damaged during a demonstration on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Demonstrators caused extensive damage in Ferguson and surrounding areas after a St. Louis County grand jury decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 25: A worker cleans up glass at a business that was damaged during a demonstration on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Demonstrators caused extensive damage in Ferguson and surrounding areas after a St. Louis County grand jury decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 25: Craig Kidd helps to clean up after violent protests damaged businesses following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer, on August 9. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Emerald Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, right, Esaw Garner, Eric Garner's wife, second from right, Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, center, and Kimberly Michelle Ballinger, the domestic partner of Akai Gurley, second from left, join Al Sharpton in a prayer during a news conference at the National Action Network headquarters in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. On the day before Thanksgiving, Sharpton brought together the families of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Akai Gurley, all black men recently killed by police officers. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: Aurellia Davis (L) and her husband David Whitt have Thanksgiving dinner with their children at the Canfield Green Apartments where Michael Brown was killed on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: David Whitt, standing next to a burned out car, checks on visitors to the Michael Brown memorial at the Canfield Green Apartments on Thanksgiving Day November 27, 2014 near Ferguson, Missouri. Whitt started a Copwatch chapter in Ferguson to monitor police activity after Brown was killed. The car, which belonged to a journalist, was torched on Tuesday evening. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: David Whitt, standing next to a burned out car, checks on visitors to the Michael Brown memorial at the Canfield Green Apartments on Thanksgiving Day November 27, 2014 near Ferguson, Missouri. Whitt started a Copwatch chapter in Ferguson to monitor police activity after Brown was killed. The car, which belonged to a journalist, was torched on Tuesday evening. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: David Whitt shops for groceries for Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day November 27, 2014 near Ferguson, Missouri. Whitt lives in the Canfield Green Apartments near where Michael Brown was killed. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: People visit the Michael Brown memorial in the Canfield Green Apartments on Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: David Whitt, standing next to a burned out car, checks on visitors to the Michael Brown memorial at the Canfield Green Apartments on Thanksgiving Day November 27, 2014 near Ferguson, Missouri. Whitt started a Copwatch chapter in Ferguson to monitor police activity after Brown was killed. The car, which belonged to a journalist, was torched on Tuesday evening. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: People visit the Michael Brown memorial in the Canfield Green Apartments on Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: David Whitt plays with his children David Jr. (L) and Aurolla while preparing Thanksgiving dinner with his wife at their home in the Canfield Green Apartments where Michael Brown was killed on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: A family visits the Michael Brown memorial in the Canfield Green Apartments on Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: David Whitt and his wife Aurellia Davis hang out while preparing Thanksgiving dinner at their home in the Canfield Green Apartments where Michael Brown was killed on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: Aurellia Davis prepares Thanksgiving dinner at her home in the Canfield Green Apartments where Michael Brown was killed on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: People visit the Michael Brown memorial in the Canfield Green Apartments on Thanksgiving Day on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: Aurellia Davis (C) hangs out with her family while preparing Thanksgiving dinner at her home in the Canfield Green Apartments where Michael Brown was killed on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: Aurellia Davis (L) and Jacob Crawford prepare Thanksgiving dinner at Davis's home in the Canfield Green Apartments where Michael Brown was killed on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Crawford works with Copwatch an organization that monitors police activity in neighborhoods. Davis' husband David Whitt started a Copwatch chapter in Ferguson after Brown was killed.The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: Residents of Canfield Green Apatments where Michael Brown was killled gather for a Thanksgiving dinner on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: David Whitt sits down for a Thanksgiving dinner with his wife Aurellia and son Byron on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Whitt and his family live in the Canfield Green Apartments near where Michael Brown was killed. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 27: David Whitt helps to prepare a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner on November 27, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Whitt lives in the Canfield Green Apartments near where Michael Brown was killed. The Ferguson area has been struggling to return to normal since the August 9 shooting of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, who was killed by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. Monday, when the grand jury announced that Wilson would not face charges in the shooting, rioting and looting broke out throughout the area. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
An armored military Humvee of the Missouri National Guard sits at a perimeter post outside a Target department store, offering support to the Missouri Highway Patrol Command Center in Jennings, Missouri on November 26, 2104. Protesters set buildings ablaze and looted stores in the nearby US town of Ferguson on November 24 after a grand jury chose not to press charges against a white officer who shot dead a black teen. US President Barack Obama and the family of late 18-year-old Michael Brown appealed in vain for calm after a prosecutor said a grand jury had found the policeman acted in self-defense. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers install boards to cover up a store in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 26, 2014. Protest marches sprang up in cities across the US amid a tense security operation in Ferguson, the town at the center of the country's latest racially-charged stand-off following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown. Clashes erupted in the St. Louis suburb for a second night, after grand jury's decision not to prosecute a white police officer for shooting Brown. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 26 : Workers board up windows at a Meineke auto repair shop after demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown smashed the windows November 26, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an 18 year old black male teenager, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer, on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12 member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided not to indict Wilson with charges, sparking riots in Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
A woman paints a snowman on a boarded window of a store in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 26, 2014. Protest marches sprang up in cities across the US amid a tense security operation in Ferguson, the town at the center of the country's latest racially-charged stand-off following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown. Clashes erupted in the St. Louis suburb for a second night, after grand jury's decision not to prosecute a white police officer for shooting Brown. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Karen Gold paints on a boarded window of her store in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 26, 2014. Protest marches sprang up in cities across the US amid a tense security operation in Ferguson, the town at the center of the country's latest racially-charged stand-off following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown. Clashes erupted in the St. Louis suburb for a second night, after grand jury's decision not to prosecute a white police officer for shooting Brown. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Karen Gold paints on a boarded window of her store in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 26, 2014. Protest marches sprang up in cities across the US amid a tense security operation in Ferguson, the town at the center of the country's latest racially-charged stand-off following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown. Clashes erupted in the St. Louis suburb for a second night, after grand jury's decision not to prosecute a white police officer for shooting Brown. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Karen Gold paints on a boarded window of her store in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 26, 2014. Protest marches sprang up in cities across the US amid a tense security operation in Ferguson, the town at the center of the country's latest racially-charged stand-off following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown. Clashes erupted in the St. Louis suburb for a second night, after grand jury's decision not to prosecute a white police officer for shooting Brown. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Local businesses are boarding up windows and storefronts in anticipation of another night of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri on November 25, 2014. Protesters set buildings ablaze and looted stores in the US town of Ferguson on November 24 after a grand jury chose not to press charges against a white officer who shot dead a black teen. US President Barack Obama and the family of late 18-year-old Michael Brown appealed in vain for calm after a prosecutor said a grand jury had found the policeman acted in self-defense. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared away debris Wednesday as Ferguson sought a tentative return to normal after two nights of unrest over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

Protesters continued to hold scattered demonstrations, including a group that rushed into St. Louis City Hall screaming "Shame, shame." Police locked down the building and called in more than a hundred extra officers. Three people were arrested.

About 200 demonstrators marched through downtown St. Louis and held a mock trial of Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed the unarmed Brown, who was black, during an Aug. 9 struggle.

An influx of guardsmen helped make Tuesday night much less tense, although there were still 58 arrests, and demonstrators in Ferguson set fire to a squad car and broke windows at City Hall.

On Wednesday, many residents hoped that the relative calm of the daylight hours would last through the night and into the Thanksgiving holiday.

A few hours after nightfall, National Guard troops with rifles were posted at intersections and in several parking lots in the area where stores were looted and burned Monday into Tuesday. But there were no protesters in sight.

Earlier in the day, about a dozen people painted over boarded-up windows on businesses in the St. Louis suburb's historic downtown, where National Guardsmen were stationed every few feet and some looked down from rooftops.

"This is my Ferguson, you know?" said Kari Hobbs, 28, as she watched 17-year-old Molly Rogers paint "Love Will Win" in bright pink on a board that covered a smashed window at Cathy's Kitchen, a restaurant not far from the Ferguson Police Department.

The footage people see on the news "is such a small bit of what's happening here," Hobbs said. "There's so much donation and charity going on with the businesses that have been affected and the people that have been affected."

There were no seats inside Cathy's Kitchen on Wednesday, and a line had formed at the back of the building. As a light snow fell, a diverse mix of residents, business people with the day off and journalists covering the protests enjoyed a pre-Thanksgiving lunch.

Jerome Jenkins, who runs the restaurant with his wife, Cathy, said he never considered closing his doors.

"It really wasn't about wondering if the building would get torched or not," Jenkins said. "Me and my wife, we expected it to get damaged ... we decided to go home, and we would live with whatever fate would give us."

He said it was protesters who helped spare his business during Monday night's chaos, when a dozen commercial buildings were burned to the ground.

"The criminals, the looters, whatever you want to call them: They're not protesters. They wanted to vandalize the place," Jenkins said. "And the protesters locked arms together, and they surrounded our place and ... told them, 'No, you're not going to touch this place.'"

Since the grand jury's decision was announced, demonstrators have been active in other cities throughout the U.S.

Most of the protests have been peaceful, with crowds rallying behind the refrain "hands up, don't shoot." But others have been more disruptive, including a demonstration in Oakland, California, in which protesters vandalized several businesses, one in Minneapolis in which a car struck a protester and drove into others. And in Portland, Oregon, police used pepper spray and made arrests after about 300 people interrupted bus and light rail traffic.

Also Wednesday, authorities said a 20-year-old man whose body was found inside a car in Ferguson after Monday night's riots had been intentionally set on fire.

The death of Deandre Joshua of University City is being investigated as a homicide, but police have not said whether it's connected to the violence that broke out after the grand jury announcement.

Joshua's body was found Tuesday morning at the wheel of a car parked near the apartment complex where Brown was killed. An autopsy determined that he was shot once in the head.

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