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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.

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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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