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November 25th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Ferguson mayor has not talked to Missouri governor since August

(CNN) – The mayor of Ferguson told reporters that he hasn't talked to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon since August.

Mayor James Knowles said he was calling Monday night, as protests turned violent in Ferguson, to see if he could get some help from the national guard deployed to the city. He couldn't get anybody on the phone.

CNN's Evan Pérez reports.

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November 25th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

Ferguson after the decision: What went wrong

(CNN) – Video from the New York Times recorded after the news came down Monday about the grand jury decision in Ferguson showed a tearful Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, speaking briefly to supporters before being overcome by emotion. Her husband - Brown's stepfather, Louis Head - consoles her, and then turns and revs up the crowd, saying "Burn this motherf-er down."

"He was expressing a sentiment that a lot of folks in that crowd felt and when he said those words, though, the mood did change and things got a little bit out of control," said St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, who was there when Head made the remarks.
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November 25th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Giuliani on Ferguson: 'Racial arsonists' sparked violence, police should arrest first person who 'throws a stone'

(CNN) – Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani says police officers should have immediately cracked down on violent protesters in Ferguson.

"They made a terrible mistake in backing off. The first person who throws a stone, the first person who breaks a window, who lights a fire should get arrested. There should be a clear delineation," Giuliani said in an interview with CNN"s "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

The ex-mayor also said well-organized "racial arsonists" incited much of Monday night's violence, and had planned riots days ago.
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November 25th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Ferguson: How did we get here?

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper and Kim Berryman

(CNN) – The day after in Ferguson. Stores and livelihoods, and people's dreams were destroyed - looted, trashed and torched.

How did we get here?
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November 25th, 2014
05:31 PM ET

Michael Brown shooting: What Darren Wilson told the Ferguson grand jury

Are protests taking place near you? Please share photos, videos and thoughts with CNN iReport if you can do so safely.

(CNN) - Grand jury proceedings are secret, and when no indictment is handed down - as was the case for Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson - the files remain locked up.

But in an unusual step after a grand jury deliberation, transcripts of testimony that jurors heard considering Michael Brown's death have been released to the public.

Late Monday night, officials made available 24 volumes of material, covering 23 meetings that the grand jury held between August 20 and November 21.

A CNN team is going through all of the court documents. Here's what has emerged so far from that review:

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