The images are hard to believe. We've seen photos and video of unrest in other countries, where clashes between rioters and police can sometimes turn violent. But when that footage is from our home base, when a suburb of St. Louis is getting lit up on an almost nightly basis with tear gas canisters and pitched battles between angry citizens and police officers trying to make sure the situation doesn't turn deadly, it can be a shock to the system.
More than a week after the police shooting of Michael Brown, the city of Ferguson, Missouri, is still seething, with officers struggling to contain the fury of protesters who are outraged at the manner in which unarmed 18-year-old Brown was killed, and, increasingly, the way in which officials are reacting that frustration.
After instituting a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew over the weekend, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon lifted that order on Monday (August 18), even as he ordered the state's National Guard to come in and keep the peace in the northwest suburb of St. Louis.
We've gathered 27 of the most haunting and dramatic images from this weekend: