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Nearly 50 protestors were arrested in Ferguson, MO last night (August 19) as freedom fighters and law enforcement continue to struggle to find a common ground in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting.

Reports MSN:

The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office also was expected to begin presenting evidence to a grand jury investigating the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a case Governor Jay Nixon vowed would be treated as a “vigorous prosecution.”

Jason Schmidt, a 28-year-old black man who works for a temporary agency, said he hoped the federal government’s involvement would lead to “the killer paying for his actions.

“… If this was done to any other race, to any other place, in any other situation, I don’t think it would have taken this long to get justice,” Schmidt said.

Another resident, 66-year-old retired Vietnam War veteran Walter Garrett, also black, called for patience.

“I hope that they don’t move too fast trying to get this guy but take their time to get all the facts in,” he said. “You don’t want to rush it and have him get off if it turns out he is guilty.”

Police had initially called for a night of peace but a wayward bottle changed all that. The civil unrest has been festering since the state announced that there would be a curfew at dusk.

Flip through the gallery below to see the photos from the scene of last night’s melee. Heaven help us.

Photos: CNN, KDVR

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