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Protesters fill Ferguson streets night before attorney general's visit

Wednesday - 8/20/2014, 12:40am  ET

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The streets of Ferguson are filled once more tonight with protesters demonstrating against the death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot Aug. 9 by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who is white.

But unlike previous nights, there were no immediate reports of clashes with police, who stood by with batons and gas masks.

Attorney General Eric Holder is set to come to the St. Louis suburb Wednesday to oversee the investigation into Brown's death. That's the same day a grand jury could start hearing testimony in the case.

Meanwhile, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not take any action to remove St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch from the investigation into Brown's death.

McCulloch's deep family connections to police have been cited by some black leaders who question his ability to be impartial. McCullouch's father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin all worked for St. Louis' police department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.

Brown's funeral and memorial service are scheduled for Monday, but the time and location have not been finalized.

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239-r-30-(Sound of protesters, chanting "hands up, don't shoot" in Ferguson, Missouri)--Sound of protesters chanting, in Ferguson, Missouri. (19 Aug 2014)

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235-w-35-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with Chief Jon Belmar, St. Louis County Police Department)--As night falls on Ferguson, Missouri police gear up for what could be another night of violent protests. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. (19 Aug 2014)

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APPHOTO WATW101: Protesters Michael Richardson, center, and Elizabeth Johnson, right, of Tacoma, Wash., hold a sign that reads "Justice for Michael Brown" as they attend an evening rally Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Tacoma, Wash. Several hundred people attended the peaceful gathering to show support for protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, where the fatal shooting of Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (19 Aug 2014)

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APPHOTO MOCR216: Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster talks to the media at a protest Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street has sparked a more than week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (19 Aug 2014)

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