Photos: Ferguson on Edge Ahead of Grand Jury Decision

The nation awaits a grand jury decision on whether police officer Darren Wilson will be indicted over the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The Oct. 9. shooting triggered riots and protests in the St. Louis suburb while spurring a debate in America about race relations, police brutality and civil rights.

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<> on November 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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A man who declined to be identified stands outside a boarded up business Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson and the St. Louis region are on edge in anticipation of the announcement by a grand jury whether to criminally charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
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Protestors block the street in front of the Ferguson Police Department as part of continued demonstrations in regards to the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, on November 19, 2014.
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A protestor in a Guy Fawkes mask, raises his hands in front of a line of police outside the Ferguson Police Department as part of continued demonstrations in regards to the shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, on November 19, 2014.
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Businessman Richard McClure (L) and minister Starsky Wilson embrace after Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, annouced them as the co-chairs of a 16-member Ferguson Commission on November 18, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 16 member commission is being brought together to study issues that have arisen since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.
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A high school graduation photo of Michael Brown rests on top of a snow-covered memorial Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, more than three months after the black teen was shot and killed nearby by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Sheets of plywood installed on November 18, 2014, to protect businesses against potential looting following the Grand Jury indictment announcement concerning the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.
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In this Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 photo, Steven King, left, fills out paperwork before selling a handgun to first-time gun owner Dave Benne at Metro Shooting Supplies, in Bridgeton, Missouri. King says he’s sold two to three times more weapons in recent weeks than normal as a grand jury decides whether to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
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Philosopher Cornel West, center, is taken into custody after performing an act of civil disobedience at the Ferguson, Mo., police station Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, as hundreds continue to protest the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in August. In fact, tensions escalated last week when a white police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr., who authorities say shot at police before he was killed.
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Pastor Charles Burton lies on the driveway at the Ferguson, Missouri, police station as a chalk drawing is made as a memorial to Michael Brown, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.
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Demonstrators project a wanted poster with a picture of Police Officer Darren Wilson on a wall near the pollice station as protests continue in the wake of 18-year-old Michael Brown's death on October 22, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, pauses during a rally in Ferguson, Mo. on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 to look down at a memorial near her home and the place where her son was shot.
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People stand during a meeting of the Ferguson City Council Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. The meeting is the first for the city council since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a city police officer.
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Michael Brown Sr. (L) and Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton (2nd from left) hold up their hands as attorny Benjamin Crump (R) speaks at Peace Fest music festival in Forest Park on August 24, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. Brown is the father of Michael Brown who was shot and killed by a police officer in nearby Ferguson, Missouri on August 9.
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Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, speaks at Peace Fest in Forest Park on August 24, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Protesters display signs during a rally in support of Officer Darren Wilson on August 23, 2014, in St. Louis, Missouri. Wilson is the Ferguson Police Officer involved in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 9.
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Supporters of Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson hold a rally on August 23, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Police watch as peaceful demonstrators continue protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown August 23, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters have been vocal asking for justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th.
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Roses line the street leading to a makeshift memorial for Michael Brown on August 22, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Protestors gather during a peaceful march Ferguson, Missouri on August 23, 2014 on the site where 18 year-old Michael Brown Jr. was killed two weeks ago as the community prepares to rebuild and heal after the days of unrest following the shooting death of Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9.
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Demonstrators continue to gather and protest the shooting death of Michael Brown along West Florissant Avenue on August 23, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9.
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A woman gets help as she tries to recover from tear gas after police dispersed a crowd of demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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A man is lead away by police during a protest Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb.
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Police advance through a cloud of tear gas toward demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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A man wearing a police hat protests Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Kelly Berry protests along Florissant Avenue on August 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown hold signs on August 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Police fire tear gas at demonstrators protesting the shooting of Michael Brown after they refused to honor the midnight curfew on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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People protest the police shooting death of Michael Brown a week ago in Ferguson, Mo., Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.
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Americans take streets to protest the killing of Michael Brown although U.S. Missouri State Governor Jay Nixon Saturday declared a curfew and a state of emergency in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, on August 17, 2014.
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People wait for reaction from police after they refused to honor the midnight curfew on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Demonstrators protest Michael Brown's murder August 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ronald Johnson imposed a 12am curfew for demonstrators continuing to protest the the killing of Brown, who was shot and killed last week by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson after being suspected in taking part in a robbery at a convenience store.
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Capt. Ronald Johnson (R) of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who was appointed by the governor to take control of security operations in the city of Ferguson, greets demonstrators on August 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 16: A demonstrator protests in front of police along Florissant Avenue on August 16, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Violent protests have erupted nearly every night along the street since the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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People hold hands in prayer on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at a convenience store that was burned after Michael Brown was shot by police a week ago in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street following a suspected robbery of a box of cigars from a nearby market has sparked a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb.
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FBI agents walk past a makeshift memorial for Michael Brown Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, located at the site where Brown was shot by police a week ago in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street following a suspected robbery of a box of cigars from a nearby market has sparked a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb.
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Protesters march down the middle of a street, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in front of a convenience store that was looted and burned following the shooting death of Michael Brown by police nearly a week ago in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Protesters march down the middle of a street, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in front of a convenience store that was looted and burned following the shooting death of Michael Brown by police nearly a week ago in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Protesters drive down a street, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in front of a convenience store that was looted and burned following the shooting death of Michael Brown by police nearly a week ago in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Supporters raise fists during a rally at Meridian Hill Park, also known as Malcom X Park, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 in Washington.
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Protesters listen to speeches in Leimert Park about the shooting of an unarmed man in Ferguson, Mo. and other victims of police shootings, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. Vigils are being held across the country for people organizers say died at the hands of police brutality.
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Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest after a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent Wednesday night, with some people lobbing molotov cocktails at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd. An explosive device deployed by police flies in the air as police and protesters clash Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
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A device deployed by police goes off in the street as police and protesters clash Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
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A man watches as police walk through a cloud of smoke during a clash with protesters Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
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Police walk through a cloud of smoke as they clash with protesters Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
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Jeremiah Parker, 4, stands in front of his mother, Shatara Parker, as they attend a protest Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Nights of unrest have vied with calls for calm in a St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager was killed by police, while the community is still pressing for answers about the weekend shooting.
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A small dog is held on a leash by a protester as police in riot gear watch protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.
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Protester Janelle Pittman holds her 6-year-old daughter, Kat, as police in riot gear stand guard in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb.
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Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during a news conference outside the Old Courthouse Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in St. Louis. Michael Brown Jr., 18, who was unarmed, was shot to death Saturday by a Ferguson police officer while walking with a friend down the center of the street.
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Protesters hold up signs along a road Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Racial tensions have run high in in the predominantly black city of Ferguson, following the shooting death by police of Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed black man.
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Tirezz Walker, a resident of Ferguson speaks to Missouri Highway Patrol offers in riot gear during a protest of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, outside Ferguson Police Department Headquarters August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Protestors march along Florissant Road in downtown Ferguson, Mo. Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The group marched along the closed street, rallying in front of the town's police headquarters to protest the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officers on Saturday night.
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Lesley McSpadden, right, the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, watches as Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., holds up a family picture of himself, his son, top left in photo, and a young child during a news conference Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
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Protestors raise their hands during an impromptu rally, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 to protest the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Brown died following a confrontation with police, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who spoke at a news conference Sunday.
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Protestors confront police during an impromptu rally, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 to protest the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Brown died following a confrontation with police, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who spoke at a news conference Sunday.
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Protestors confront police during an impromptu rally, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 to protest the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo. on Saturday. Brown died following a confrontation with police, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who spoke at a news conference Sunday. The protesters rallied in front of the police and fire departments in Ferguson following Belmar's news conference. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings)
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St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, left, delivers remarks as Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson listens during a news conference Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo., where the men addressed issues surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson police Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Brown died following a confrontation with police, according to Belmar.
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This undated family photo provided by the Brown Family and held by Michael Brown Sr., shows Michael Brown Sr., at right, his son, Michael Brown, top left, and a young child. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
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A member of the St. Louis County Police Department points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb.
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In this Feb. 11, 2014 file image from video provided by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson. Police identified Wilson, 28, as the police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
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