On the eve of Thanksgiving, the grand jury's decision--and community response--leaves Americans with much to consider regarding race, equality and power.
A police car burns in Ferguson Missouri, following a grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Following the decision, Ferguson quickly devolved into absolute chaos, with protestors burning buildings and, as this photo shows, cars.
Firefighters try to assume some sort of control over a burning restaurant.
Many small businesses in Ferguson saw their fiery end the night the Brown-Wilson decision was delivered, doing little to advance the economic standing of the neighborhood or the legitimacy of the "protestor" cause.
Media coverage of the post-decision events in Ferguson has been as vast as it is instant. Here, media gather at the scene of a Ferguson fire.
A looter exits a drug store in a haze.
A fire breaks out within a Walgreens in Ferguson.
This photo captures looters in the act.
To some in Ferguson, civil discontent following the jury decision allowed for anarchical, illegal acts like looting.
Looters exit Ferguson Market and Liquor store on Monday.
Protestors kick at a police car following the grand jury decision. One of the primary problems surrounding the case is how much leeway Missouri state law gives to police officers' use of lethal force in times of conflict. Such lawful latitude is one of the reasons why the jury did not choose to indict Wilson.
Missouri State Troopers break out the riot gear in preparation for public outcry regarding the grand jury decision.
A demonstrator's eerie silhouette can be seen before the cold light of Ferguson police vehicles.
This woman's anger is palpable as she approaches a barricade in Ferguson.
While most media attention has focused on chaos, a number of people expressed their disappointment with the decision peacefully. Here, a group of people protest through prayer outside the Ferguson Police Department.
The events following the decision evoked a number of unbelievable responses, this being one of the most surprising of them all--and not unlike the "flower power" moment during anti-Vietnam War protests.
Police officers in Ferguson don gas masks to protect themselves during clashes with demonstrators.
Numerous protestors in Ferguson were met with tear gas following the decision.
Police haul off a suspected looter outside of a Dollar Store in Ferguson, Missouri.
Firefighters examine the remains of a strip mall in Ferguson.
A Ferguson firefighter examines strip mall rubble. The strip mall, like a number of other buildings, was set ablaze following the jury decision.
Charged with trying to re-assert some sort of order following the chaos, yet another firefighter surveys the damage suffered by
Another wrecked storefront in Ferguson.
"Justice" took a number of forms early this week; some constructive, some not. Here, Natalie DuBose stands before her cake store, which had just been ransacked by looters seeking "justice" in the name of Michael Brown.
St. Louis county police examine a business burned during the demonstrations.
Another victim of the Ferguson riots, Terri Willits, leaves what once was a gas station she managed.
Another victim the day that Brown was killed is this convenience store owner, from whom Brown was alleged to have stolen a pack of cigarillos. Following the jury decision, his store--like so many others--fell victim to the riots.
Hunan Chop Suey restaurant owner Shan Zhao stands before his business on Tuesday. It was vandalized and looted the night prior.
An aerial photo really exhibits how devastated the restaurant--and Zhao's livelihood--was violated by illegal activity. More than a dozen businesses were badly damaged or destroyed.
One of the most widely circulated images coming from the Ferguson riots. All that remains of this shop is its sign; the building itself was reduced to a pile of charred rubble.
Shards of glass must be cleaned up the morning after the riots.
A police officer says goodbye to his child Monday morning. Missouri officials had anticipated violence before and after the release of the indictment decision. They were correct in their assumptions.
A reporter examines a damaged laundromat in Ferguson.
Rubble and glass replace salt and pepper shakers in this damaged Ferguson restaurant.
A reporter heads to one of the many buildings damaged during the riots.
This man's love for Ferguson means that, in spite of being broken into the night prior, he will come back to work the following day to quite literally pick up the pieces.
Looters broke into a beauty supply store as well, leaving behind a strewn mannequin.
Looters took the "free cell phone" sign quite literally at a cell phone store in Ferguson.
During the day, the burned car remains assume a more ghostly character.
More than just business owners participated in the post-riot cleanup. Here, a volunteer does some grunt work to restore buildings damaged during the protests.
A protestor's sign comments on the alarming trend of men gunning down young black men--and the media's tendency to fetishize it--in one fell swoop.
Protests have extended throughout the country. Here, protestors are featured marching up New York City's Seventh Avenue.
Just a little farther West, demonstrators gather in Newark, New Jersey to rally against the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.
Demonstrators seen outside of Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct.
In the nation's capitol, schoolchildren from Potomac Preparatory Charter School participate in a "die-in" outside the Office of Police Complaints.
Protestors block traffic in Seattle.
The march continued to the White House.
In Seattle, a protestor is met with tear gas.