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Violence Erupts During Peaceful Ferguson Protest

Police take cover after two officers were shot while standing guard in front of the Ferguson Police Station.

Two officers were shot in front of the Ferguson Police Department early Thursday, authorities said, as demonstrators gathered after the city's police chief resigned in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report alleging bias in the police department and court.

A 32-year-old officer from nearby Webster Groves was shot in the face and a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a news conference. Both were taken to a hospital, where Belmar said they were conscious. He said he did not have further details about their conditions but described their injuries as "serious."

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Protesters demonstrate outside the Ferguson Police Department.

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Children draw on the sidewalk with chalk during the protest.

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Protestors sit in the street in front of the Ferguson Police Department.

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Police officers stand on alert.

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Protestors block a vehicle from entering the police department parking lot.

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A demonstrator is detained and arrested.

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Police in riot gear respond to demonstrators blocking traffic.

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Police mobilize in the parking lot of the Ferguson Police Department.

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Police take cover after two officers were shot while standing guard in front of the Ferguson Police Station.

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Paramedics load one of two police officers who were shot while standing guard in front of the Ferguson Police Station during a protest on. A 32-year-old officer from nearby Webster Groves was shot in the face and a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a news conference. Both were taken to a hospital, where Belmar said they were conscious.

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Police mobilize in the parking lot of the Ferguson Police Station after the shooting.

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Investigators look over the scene outside where the officers were shot.

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Police shine a light on a helmet as they investigate the scene.

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Police canvass the area as they investigate the scene.

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