The streets of Ferguson have been peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions have been subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted for several nights after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.
About 100 people gathered Thursday evening, walking in laps near the spot where Michael Brown was shot. Some were in organized groups, such as clergy members.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, said there had been seven arrests, mainly for failure to disperse. He said it had been a good day and a good night.
Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Missouri National Guard, which arrived Monday, to begin withdrawing. Nixon tells KMOX-AM that ``the last two nights have been really good'' in the suburb that had been the centre of nightly racial unrest since Michael Brown was killed Aug. 9.
The white officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, is on administrative leave and has not been charged.
Authorities have arrested at least 163 people in the protest area since Brown's death.