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Protests take place without violent clashes that have marred previous gatherings

(NBC News) -

Calm prevailed overnight in Ferguson, Missouri.

Protesters still took to the streets, but the violent clashes with police that marred previous marches was absent.

Still, there were a few tense moments and dozens of arrests.

Afterward, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson praised protest leaders.

"Tonight the elders in this community, volunteers, activist, clergy walked and talked with people and urged common peace," he noted.

For the first time in more than a week there was no tear gas and no chaos.

Attorney General Eric Holder plans to speak with community leaders, federal agents and prosecutors when he visits Ferguson later Wednesday.

He's promised the "full resources" of his office during a "fair and independent" civil rights investigation.

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