A Peaceful Night in Ferguson After a Visit from Eric H. Holder Jr.

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

 Twelve days after the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, six people were arrested. A bottle was thrown at police. And a supporter of the officer who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown was hit during a scuffle.

But by Wednesday night, police radios were largely quiet and so were city streets. No shots were fired. No tear gas was deployed. No riots ravaged the town.

“We saw a different crowd that came out tonight,” Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson said in a news conference at about 1:30 a.m. Central time on Thursday. “We didn’t have as many criminals and agitators in the crowd.”

Johnson said there were no molotov cocktails, fires or shootings. And police did not seize a single handgun.

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