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November 26th, 2014
05:17 PM ET

What passes for good news in Ferguson

(CNN) – The streets of Ferguson burst at the seams with protesters once again. Most were peaceful, yet there was also violence and unrest, as police cars were turned over, and torched in front of city hall.

Yet, Tuesday night was considered an improvement for officials.

"We did have a much better night... worked a partnership, assisting us tonight, and there are those that are stuck on violence, we will continue to do that,and reevaluate and have a better day tomorrow and plan to move forward, and that people still have their rights to protest," said Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson.

In the aftermath of Monday night's protests, police discovered the body of 20-year-old DeAndre Joshua, shot in the head just blocks from the Canfield Green Apartment complex where Michael Brown lost his life in August. Joshua's family told USA Today, they are positive Joshua was killed in connection with the protests, though that has yet to be confirmed.

Missouri law enforcement officials noted that the second night of Ferguson protests resulted in less violence, arson, looting and just 44 arrests – that's compared to nearly 80 Monday night, when demonstrators set parts of the city ablaze.

The President called for accountability as protesters in nearly 170 cities joined Ferguson to demand the same for Officer Wilson, who will likely not face any criminal charges in the death of Michael Brown.

"Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property ... those are criminal acts, and people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts," President Obama said Tuesday.

"This grand jury announcement really represents salt poured into a brutal wound of injustice. This is an extraordinarily disappointing decision for many people," said NAACP president Cornell William Brooks.

Ferguson itself stretches fewer than 7 square miles, but the outcries echoed loudly throughout the nation, with protests in Portland, Oregan, Seattle, New York City, and Los Angeles. Protesters set streets on fire in Oakland, and demonstrations turned dangerous in Minneapolis where a vehicle pinned protesters to the ground.

Back in Ferguson, violence was largely kept at bay – due in part to a near doubling of National Guard troops, 2,200 last night compared to just 700 Monday.

As with the Christmas scene one store owner painted on the board protecting Honey & Sweetie's in downtown Ferguson, this holiday season, some residents of Ferguson will look to find good news where they can.

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