Officials released never-before-seen photos of Darren Wilson on Monday night, which appeared to show the Ferguson police officer following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
The photos were released as part of the evidence presented to a grand jury in Ferguson. The grand jury declined to indict Wilson in Brown's death.
Within minutes of the grand jury decision announcement by St. Louis County's top prosecutor, crowds began pouring into Ferguson streets to protest the decision. Some taunted police, shattered windows and vandalized cars. Several gunshots were also heard. Officers released smoke and pepper spray to disperse the gatherings.
President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding, pleading with both residents and police to show restraint. However, as of Monday night at around 11 p.m., things appeared on the verge of spinning completely out of control in Ferguson.
US-CRIME-POLICE-RACE-Demonstrators flee as police fire tear gas during a demonstration after a grand jury decided a white policeman will not face charges for killing a black teen on November 24, 2014 Ferguson, Missouri. US President Barack Obama urged calm as violent protests broke out on the streets of Ferguson following the announcement. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.