"Hands Up, Don't Shoot:" Peaceful Protests Across the Country Last Night

As soon as Missouri police changed tactics, it seems, the atmosphere in Ferguson did too.

| Fri Aug. 15, 2014 5:00 AM EDT
Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol hugs Angela Whitman, of Berkeley, Mo., on West Florissant Avenue.

After four nights of heavy-handed police response, a missing-in-action governor and the general appearance of a war zone, things were much calmer in Ferguson, MO, Thursday night. Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson was put in charge, and he pledged to strike a more respectful tone with protesters. It showed in the images that poured out of the small town north of St. Louis and other rallies around the country, many using the #NMOS14 hash tag to honor victims of police brutality.