13 Photos Show What Is Happening Across America Right Now

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Ahead of the grand jury decision that cleared Officer Darren Wilson of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, the city of Ferguson, Missouri was prepared for the worst — Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency, President Obama pleaded with residents of Ferguson to remain nonviolent and the FBI sent 100 agents to the town to head off unrest. Few were prepared, however, for the small town's outrage to sweep across the country.

Organized on social media, groups protesting the decision formed in major cities across the U.S. — and the night after, the number of protests has exploded. As Wilson makes his first public remarks about his role in Brown's death and Brown's family urges calm, nearly 100 protests have formed around the country. Some peaceful, some obstructive, the gatherings extend from America's biggest cities to its smallest towns, all outlets for the wellspring of anger bottled up since the Aug. 9 shooting.

New York City

Raleigh, North Carolina

Topeka, Kansas

A lone mourner protests the grand jury decision in the capital.Source: AP
A lone mourner protests the grand jury decision in the capital.  AP

Washington, D.C.

Atlanta

A law enforcement officer watches over Morehouse College students raising their fists in the air joining others in a rally and protest at the CNN Center.Source: Curtis Compton/CCompton@AJC.com
A law enforcement officer watches over Morehouse College students raising their fists in the air joining others in a rally and protest at the CNN Center.  Curtis Compton/CCompton@AJC.com

Times Square

Protesters successfully blocked major thoroughfares throughout New York City, including the Lincoln Tunnel.Source: Dnainfo
Protesters successfully blocked major thoroughfares throughout New York City, including the Lincoln Tunnel.  Dnainfo

Los Angeles

Protesters lie in an intersection during a demonstration in Los Angeles.Source: Reuters/Lucy Licholson
Protesters lie in an intersection during a demonstration in Los Angeles.  Reuters/Lucy Licholson

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Seattle

Protesters march on downtown.Source: Thestranger
Protesters march on downtown.  Thestranger

Columbia, South Carolina

State capitols have become popular spots.Source: Getty Images
State capitols have become popular spots.  Getty Images

Philadelphia

Source: AP
Source: AP

Minneapolis

And, of course, in Ferguson itself.

Another night.Source: AP
Another night.  AP