After nights of unrest, snow blankets Ferguson amid peaceful protests

Snow falls as Missouri National Guard stand outside of the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri.
As snow trickled down on Ferguson Wednesday night, protests continued at the police department, a popular gathering spot for demonstrations in recent months, but a quieter, subdued tone blanketed the scene.
Gone were the vandals torching cars and looting businesses, as protesters in thick jackets and hats lined the street near the Ferguson Police Department, which was being protected by the National Guard. It was mostly silent at the department as night fell in the city scarred by violent protests following the announcement on Monday that the grand jury would not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown.
But at points, protesters chanted common slogans, including "Hey hey, ho ho, these killer cops have got to go." And there were moments during marches elsewhere in the city when protesters tried to block streets, but they mostly returned to the sidewalk, following requests by both police and other demonstrators.
The same could be said of protests elsewhere in the country. Hundreds in Los Angeles calmly marched through downtown after being blocked from Union Station and the 101 Freeway by police for most of the night. That's not to say there weren't tense moments in Los Angeles; police staged a mass arrest after 100 protesters in downtown refused to disperse, according to the Los Angeles Times. A relatively small protest in Atlanta also remained peaceful at the beginning of the night.
Oakland was a different story, however. The city that saw dumpsters torched Tuesday night, faced more vandalism on Wednesday. Trash was lit on fire again, windows smashed and multiple people were arrested.
The relative peacefulness in most other cities on Thanksgiving eve was in stark contrast to the previous night, when protesters across the nation took over highways and thoroughfares. More than 400 people were arrested in Ferguson and around the United States amid the unrest, according toReuters.

Protesters, some wearing "Peacekeeper" sweatshirts, were making noise however in the St. Louis Galleria, a popular mall, as shoppers watched. Mall marchers chanted: "What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!" and "Shut it down!"
The protesters, whose voices echoed throughout the closing mall, remained peaceful and a reporter on scene noted that few police came inside, although authorities did respond to the demonstration.
A group of more than 100 protesters—a splinter group mainly rallying against police brutality on the LGBT community— also marched through a business district in St. Louis known as the Grove, but with little agitation.
Some people were spotted decorating boarded-up buildings on Ferguson's damaged streets. Earlier in the day, community members picked up trash and worked to repair damage.
Meanwhile, news broke Wednesday night of an alleged plot to bomb the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and kill St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson. Two men who were arrested by the FBI last week on outstanding warrants and later indicted on federal weapons charges, Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Ali Davis, allegedly planned to carry out the bombing plot, law enforcement sources told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Earlier in the day, police used pepper spray to disperse demonstrators at Ferguson City Hall, who were chanting "We are not unlawful," according to the St. Louis American. However, a police spokeswoman told the newspaper that police used pepper spray after a city marshall was assaulted.
This post is developing.
UPDATED, Nov. 26, 2014 1:19 a.m. EST: Additional protest details included

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