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Ferguson turns tense around midnight; protesters step in to keep peace
Ferguson turns tense around midnight; protesters step in to keep peace

After a night of virtual calm on Ferguson streets, protests over the Aug. 9 police killing of an unarmed black man turned tense shortly before midnight Tuesday when someone threw a bottle and police swarmed to make an arrest. The night appeared on the verge of spinning out of control until some protesters stepped in. They linked arms and formed a line to separate police from possible troublemakers. Matt Mendoza, 29, of St. Louis, said he was among them. "It's what I can do to help with the situation," he said as protesters backed off. "From what I'm seeing, police are instigating when they break off and start running, creating utter chaos. It's better to...

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