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Six arrests made in Ferguson during protests

It was a much quieter night there. Police didn't use tear gas or smoke bombs

Protesters during the day on Aug. 20
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It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri.

Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18 year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.

They marched around a single block in the St. Louis suburb as a thunderstorm filled the sky with lighting and dumped rain.

Police still stood guard, but many wore regular uniforms rather than riot gear.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is in charge of security, says there were six arrests, compared to 47 the previous night. He called it ``a very good night.''

Johnson said a visit earlier by Attorney General Eric Holder let people know their voices had been heard. Holder had sought to reassure people about the investigation into Michael Brown's death.

Earlier on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder sought to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into the shooting death of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race.

Holder made the remarks Wednesday during a visit to the St. Louis suburb that has been wracked by more than a week of unrest since the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. The Obama administration intended the trip to underscore its commitment to civil rights in general and the Ferguson case in particular.

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