As Ferguson curfew approaches, protesters disperse

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Throngs of people who packed streets in a St. Louis suburb to protest the fatal shooting of a black teen were largely dispersing in advance of a curfew imposed to try to keep the peace after nights of violent clashes between police and protesters.

The midnight to 5 a.m. curfew was ordered Saturday by Gov. Jay Nixon as he declared a state of emergency in Ferguson — the site where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a white police officer.

As the curfew approached, New Black Panther Party leader Malik Shabazz roamed the street with a bullhorn, encouraging people to leave for their own safety. Many appeared to follow his suggestion.

Crowds that were in the hundreds dwindled significantly in the final hour, as police with riot gear stood guard.

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