Ferguson fallout: Protests go national, officer resigns and viral photo gives hope – CNN

(CNN) — It’s been one week since the streets of Ferguson boiled over after protesters learned the officer who shot teenager Michael Brown won’t face criminal charges.

Since then, much has changed. And much hasn’t.

Here’s what to know to get up to speed on the Ferguson fallout:

Mayor: Wilson won’t receive severance

A man kneels in the middle of a street and yells at police before being arrested outside the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday, November 29. Ferguson has struggled to return to normal since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on August 9. The grand jury's decision not to indict Wilson prompted new waves of protests in Ferguson and across the country.A man kneels in the middle of a street and yells at police before being arrested outside the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday, November 29. Ferguson has struggled to return to normal since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on August 9. The grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson prompted new waves of protests in Ferguson and across the country.
Members of the NAACP and other demonstrators march up Chambers Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday, November 29. The NAACP has organized a "Journey of Justice" march from Ferguson, Missouri, to the Missouri governor's residence in Jefferson City over the next seven days, a march of 120 miles. Members of the NAACP and other demonstrators march up Chambers Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday, November 29. The NAACP has organized a “Journey of Justice” march from Ferguson, Missouri, to the Missouri governor’s residence in Jefferson City over the next seven days, a march of 120 miles.
Police confront demonstrators outside the police station in Ferguson, Missouri, on Friday, November 28.Police confront demonstrators outside the police station in Ferguson, Missouri, on Friday, November 28.
The Rev. Carlton Lee of Flood Christian Church, which was torched in the wake of the grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown shooting, speaks during a Thanksgiving service at Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Missouri, on Thursday, November 27. The Rev. Carlton Lee of Flood Christian Church, which was torched in the wake of the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown shooting, speaks during a Thanksgiving service at Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Missouri, on Thursday, November 27.
Neighbors paint a boarded-up storefront in Ferguson on November 27.Neighbors paint a boarded-up storefront in Ferguson on November 27.
An officer redirects traffic as police keep part of a street closed in Ferguson on November 27.An officer redirects traffic as police keep part of a street closed in Ferguson on November 27.
Members of the National Guard man a checkpoint at a Ferguson shopping mall on November 27.Members of the National Guard man a checkpoint at a Ferguson shopping mall on November 27.
National Guard troops, who were called up by Gov. Jay Nixon to help maintain order, help with security at the mall on Wednesday, November 26.National Guard troops, who were called up by Gov. Jay Nixon to help maintain order, help with security at the mall on Wednesday, November 26.
National Guard troops are seen in Ferguson on November 26. National Guard troops are seen in Ferguson on November 26.
Nick Ahmad, owner of Elite Liquor, peers out of the store's door while waiting for customers on November 26. Ahmad paid $3,000 to hire several residents from the community to stand guard outside his business and deter looters.Nick Ahmad, owner of Elite Liquor, peers out of the store’s door while waiting for customers on November 26. Ahmad paid $3,000 to hire several residents from the community to stand guard outside his business and deter looters.
Snow falls as the Missouri National Guard watches protesters outside of the Ferguson Police Department on November 26. Snow falls as the Missouri National Guard watches protesters outside of the Ferguson Police Department on November 26.
A protester is helped after being pepper-sprayed on November 26.A protester is helped after being pepper-sprayed on November 26.
A protester holds her hands up in front of police on Tuesday, November 25. A protester holds her hands up in front of police on Tuesday, November 25.
Police arrest a protester November 25.Police arrest a protester November 25.
Protesters vandalize a police vehicle outside Ferguson City Hall on November 25.Protesters vandalize a police vehicle outside Ferguson City Hall on November 25.
Police stand guard near Ferguson City Hall during protests on November 25.Police stand guard near Ferguson City Hall during protests on November 25.
Smoke engulfs a police officer on November 25.Smoke engulfs a police officer on November 25.
Police take a protester into custody on November 25.Police take a protester into custody on November 25.
Protesters stand across the street from the Ferguson Police Department on November 25.Protesters stand across the street from the Ferguson Police Department on November 25.
Protesters face off against a police officer on November 25.Protesters face off against a police officer on November 25.
Protesters link arms in front of the Ferguson Police Department on November 25.Protesters link arms in front of the Ferguson Police Department on November 25.
National Guard troops secure the police station in Ferguson on November 25.National Guard troops secure the police station in Ferguson on November 25.
Police officers walk past the smoldering remains of a beauty supply store on November 25.Police officers walk past the smoldering remains of a beauty supply store on November 25.
A woman cleans up glass from a business' shattered window on November 25.A woman cleans up glass from a business’ shattered window on November 25.
A Ferguson firefighter surveys rubble at a strip mall that was set on fire overnight.A Ferguson firefighter surveys rubble at a strip mall that was set on fire overnight.
Protesters run away after police deployed tear gas in Ferguson on Monday, November 24.Protesters run away after police deployed tear gas in Ferguson on Monday, November 24.
Police take position during clashes with protesters on November 24.Police take position during clashes with protesters on November 24.
A protester stands in front of police vehicles with his hands up on November 24.A protester stands in front of police vehicles with his hands up on November 24.
Police in riot gear move past a burning vehicle on November 24.Police in riot gear move past a burning vehicle on November 24.
A looter in Ferguson walks out of a burning Walgreens on November 24.A looter in Ferguson walks out of a burning Walgreens on November 24.
Riot police clash with protesters on November 24.Riot police clash with protesters on November 24.
Firefighters work on extinguishing a Little Caesars restaurant on November 24.Firefighters work on extinguishing a Little Caesars restaurant on November 24.
Smoke fills the streets of Ferguson as buildings burn on November 24.Smoke fills the streets of Ferguson as buildings burn on November 24.
Police officers grab a protester on November 24.Police officers grab a protester on November 24.
A woman treats her face for possible tear gas exposure on November 24.A woman treats her face for possible tear gas exposure on November 24.
People walk away from a burning storage facility on November 24.People walk away from a burning storage facility on November 24.
A man steps out of a vandalized store on November 24.A man steps out of a vandalized store on November 24.
A police officer runs by a burning police car on November 24.A police officer runs by a burning police car on November 24.
Police officers stand guard as protesters confront them on November 24.Police officers stand guard as protesters confront them on November 24.
Protesters block streets in St. Louis after the announcement of the grand jury's decision on November 24. Ferguson is a suburb of St. Louis.Protesters block streets in St. Louis after the announcement of the grand jury’s decision on November 24. Ferguson is a suburb of St. Louis.
Police confront protesters in Ferguson on November 24.Police confront protesters in Ferguson on November 24.
A police officer points his rifle at demonstrators on November 24.A police officer points his rifle at demonstrators on November 24.
Protesters run for shelter as smoke fills the streets of Ferguson on November 24.Protesters run for shelter as smoke fills the streets of Ferguson on November 24.
The glass windows of a store are shattered on November 24.The glass windows of a store are shattered on November 24.
A demonstrator listens to a car radio as the grand jury's decision is delivered in front of the Ferguson Police Department.A demonstrator listens to a car radio as the grand jury’s decision is delivered in front of the Ferguson Police Department.
Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, is escorted away from the Ferguson Police Department on November 24.Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, is escorted away from the Ferguson Police Department on November 24.
A group of protesters vandalizes a police vehicle in Ferguson on November 24.A group of protesters vandalizes a police vehicle in Ferguson on November 24.
Police officers confront protesters on November 24.Police officers confront protesters on November 24.
Demonstrators block traffic during a protest in front of the Ferguson Police Department on November 24.Demonstrators block traffic during a protest in front of the Ferguson Police Department on November 24.
Demonstrators gather outside the police station on November 24. The man in the green sleeves is Michael Brown's stepfather, Louis Head. In a video of the scene from the New York Times, Brown consoles a tearful McSpadden and then tells the crowd to "burn this mother f---er down."Demonstrators gather outside the police station on November 24. The man in the green sleeves is Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head. In a video of the scene from the New York Times, Brown consoles a tearful McSpadden and then tells the crowd to “burn this mother f—er down.”
Protesters gather as they wait for the announcement of the grand jury decision on November 24.Protesters gather as they wait for the announcement of the grand jury decision on November 24.
Members of the media line up in a parking lot across from the Buzz Westfall Justice Center on November 24.Members of the media line up in a parking lot across from the Buzz Westfall Justice Center on November 24.
Residents begin to gather at the Michael Brown memorial ahead of the grand jury announcement.Residents begin to gather at the Michael Brown memorial ahead of the grand jury announcement.
National Guard troops arrive ahead of the grand jury announcement. National Guard troops arrive ahead of the grand jury announcement.
Members of the Missouri National Guard are escorted out of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center. Members of the Missouri National Guard are escorted out of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center.
Demonstrators are confronted by police as they block a street before the grand jury announcement. Demonstrators are confronted by police as they block a street before the grand jury announcement.

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Photos: Unrest in FergusonPhotos: Unrest in Ferguson

THE PROTESTS

Why the internet loves this photo

Calls for a walkout:

The looting and arson that marred last week’s protests are over. But the demonstrations continue in Missouri and across the country.

Activists are calling for students to walk out of school and employees to walk off the job nationwide at 1 p.m. ET Monday to protest police violence.

And over the Thanksgiving weekend, Ferguson-area organizers called for a Black Friday shopping boycott, forcing the St. Louis Galleria Mall to shut down temporarily on the busiest shopping day of the year.

St. Louis officials urged Galleria retailers to close security gates after several hundred protesters entered the mall and disrupted shopping.

Protesters chanted “Hands up, don’t shop,” while others lay on the floor in a “die-in.”

If supporters did shop, they were told to take their money to black-owned businesses, some of which were listed on social media. Brown, the teenager, was black; Officer Darren Wilson, who shot him, is white.

THE OFFICER

Wilson resigns:

He’s been in hiding for most of the 3 1/2 months since the shooting. And now Darren Wilson is no longer a Ferguson police officer.

“I have been told that my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk, which is a circumstance that I cannot allow,” Wilson, 28, wrote in his resignation letter.

Several hundred people march down M Street in Washington during a Ferguson protest on Saturday, November 29. A grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in the August shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has prompted demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country. See photos of the unrest in Ferguson.Several hundred people march down M Street in Washington during a Ferguson protest on Saturday, November 29. A grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in the August shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has prompted demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country. See photos of the unrest in Ferguson.
Demonstrators in Brentwood, Missouri, protest inside the Galleria shopping mall on Friday, November 28. The protests forced some retailers to temporarily shutter their entrances on the busiest shopping day of the year. Demonstrators in Brentwood, Missouri, protest inside the Galleria shopping mall on Friday, November 28. The protests forced some retailers to temporarily shutter their entrances on the busiest shopping day of the year.
A protester is arrested in New York during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 27.A protester is arrested in New York during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 27.
A protester sits in the back of a police bus after being arrested during a demonstration in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 26.A protester sits in the back of a police bus after being arrested during a demonstration in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 26.
Protesters gather on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington on Tuesday, November 25.Protesters gather on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington on Tuesday, November 25.
A protester adds wood to a fire burning in Oakland, California, on November 25.A protester adds wood to a fire burning in Oakland, California, on November 25.
A woman joins a rally near Los Angeles police headquarters on November 25.A woman joins a rally near Los Angeles police headquarters on November 25.
Protesters gather in Eugene, Oregon, on November 25.Protesters gather in Eugene, Oregon, on November 25.
Protesters in Atlanta block all northbound lanes of Interstate 75/85 near the Georgia state Capitol on November 25.Protesters in Atlanta block all northbound lanes of Interstate 75/85 near the Georgia state Capitol on November 25.
Businesses were looted in Oakland on November 25, including a T-Mobile store.Businesses were looted in Oakland on November 25, including a T-Mobile store.
People march in Newark, New Jersey, on November 25.People march in Newark, New Jersey, on November 25.
Hundreds of demonstrators gather to protest in Washington on November 25.Hundreds of demonstrators gather to protest in Washington on November 25.
Protesters gather outside Los Angeles police headquarters on November 25.Protesters gather outside Los Angeles police headquarters on November 25.
Schoolchildren from the Potomac Preparatory Charter School take part in a "die-in" November 25 during a protest outside the Office of Police Complaints in Washington.Schoolchildren from the Potomac Preparatory Charter School take part in a “die-in” November 25 during a protest outside the Office of Police Complaints in Washington.
Students at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis rally in support of police brutality victims on November 25. Students at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis rally in support of police brutality victims on November 25.
Demonstrators gather November 25 outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct.Demonstrators gather November 25 outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct.
Protesters march up New York's Seventh Avenue on Monday, November 24. Protesters march up New York’s Seventh Avenue on Monday, November 24.
A protester in New York scuffles with police during a march toward Times Square on November 24.A protester in New York scuffles with police during a march toward Times Square on November 24.
Demonstrators gather around a fire in the streets of Oakland on November 24.Demonstrators gather around a fire in the streets of Oakland on November 24.
Protesters block Interstate 580 in Oakland on November 24.Protesters block Interstate 580 in Oakland on November 24.
Seattle police attempt to push back protesters with pepper spray and flash-bang grenades on November 24.Seattle police attempt to push back protesters with pepper spray and flash-bang grenades on November 24.
A Seattle protester pours milk in his eyes after being tear-gassed on November 24.A Seattle protester pours milk in his eyes after being tear-gassed on November 24.
A protester in Denver holds up his arms during a moment of silence November 24 at Civic Center Park.A protester in Denver holds up his arms during a moment of silence November 24 at Civic Center Park.
A crowd in Washington gathers outside the White House on November 24.A crowd in Washington gathers outside the White House on November 24.
Demonstrators march down a street in Washington on November 24.Demonstrators march down a street in Washington on November 24.
Community activist Najee Ali speaks in Los Angeles' Leimert Park on November 24.Community activist Najee Ali speaks in Los Angeles’ Leimert Park on November 24.
Protesters in Los Angeles lie down in a major intersection to block traffic on November 24.Protesters in Los Angeles lie down in a major intersection to block traffic on November 24.
Protesters march near Chicago police headquarters on November 24.Protesters march near Chicago police headquarters on November 24.

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Photos: Ferguson protests across U.S.Photos: Ferguson protests across U.S.

“For obvious reasons, I wanted to wait until the grand jury made their decision before I officially made my decision to resign. It was my hope to continue in police work, but the safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me. It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal.”

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said there will be no severance pay for Wilson’s resignation.

It’s not clear what’s next for Wilson, whose lawyer said has been receiving death threats.

THE POLITICS

Nationwide conversations:

‘Racism without racists’?

Did media make Ferguson riots worse?

The good & the bad of Ferguson coverage

President Barack Obama will hold a series of meetings Monday stemming from the Ferguson unrest.

First, Obama will meet with his Cabinet to discuss results from a review he ordered in August looking into federal funding to local and state law enforcement agencies.

Then he will speak with young civil rights leaders in the Oval Office. Finally, he will meet with elected officials, community and faith leaders as well as law enforcement officials to discuss how communities and law enforcement can work together to build trust.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder will launch a series of nationwide conversations following the upheaval from Ferguson. On Monday evening, he will meet with law enforcement officers, local officials and other community leaders at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Details of Holder’s next stops have not been released.

Holder has opened two civil rights investigations in Missouri — one into whether Wilson violated Brown’s civil rights, the other into the police department’s overall track record with minorities.

THE CITY

New initiatives:

Ferguson’s mayor outlined new initiatives in an attempt to forge a better relationship between the city’s police department and the community.

Knowles announced a new civilian review board to provide input on police efforts as well as a scholarship program to try to recruit more African-American officers.

Even though the majority of Ferguson is black, only about four of the 50-some officers on Ferguson’s police force is black.

THE RIPPLES

Silent message:

Several St. Louis Rams players sent a silent but strong message before they took the field Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

The players raised their palms in the air, repeating the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture that protesters in Ferguson have been using for months.

But the move infuriated the St. Louis Police Officers Association, which issued a statement saying it was “profoundly disappointed” with the group of Rams “who chose to ignore the mountains of evidence released from the St. Louis County Grand Jury this week.”

“The gesture has become synonymous with assertions that Michael Brown was innocent of any wrongdoing and attempting to surrender peacefully when Wilson, according to some now-discredited witnesses, gunned him down in cold blood,” the police association wrote.

THE BRIGHT SPOT

A touching sight:

After all the images of screaming, burning and anguish over the past week, one poignant image has been shared more than 150,000 times: a picture of a young black boy and a white police officer hugging.

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The photo, taken in Portland, Oregon, came after 12-year-old Devonte Hart was holding a sign offering “Free Hugs” at a protest against a grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson. The boy had tears streaming down his face.

Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum said he approached Devonte “not as a police officer, but just a human being” when he saw him crying. Devonte seemed hesitant to talk at first, but Barnum said he broke the ice by talking about life, travel and summer vacations before asking for a hug.

“The situation itself is something police officers do every day when they go out on the street and make citizen contacts,” Barnum told CNN.

The Oregonian newspaper was the first media outlet to publish the photo by 20-year-old freelance photographer Johnny Nguyen.

Nguyen told CNN he attended the rally just to take pictures for himself. Then he saw the exchange between the officer and the boy.

“I thought, what a great scene,” Nguyen said. “A powerful scene. A scene with a message that needed to be communicated. A scene of coming together.”

CNN’s Emanuella Grinberg, AnneClaire Stapleton and Brian Todd contributed to this report.



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