Ahead of a visit by US Attorney General Eric Holder, nearly 50 people were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, on another night of protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman.
Despite the 47 detentions and some disturbances, demonstrators were fewer in number and more subdued than on previous nights.
That was reason to rejoice for Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, the man heading the police response.
“Tonight we saw a different dynamic,” he said.
“Protest crowds were a bit smaller and they were out earlier. We had to respond to fewer incidents than the night before. There were no Molotov cocktails tonight. There were no shootings.”
There had been fears of an upsurge in racially-charged unrest over Tuesday’s shooting of another black man in St Louis by police who said that he had brandished a knife.
As for the August 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, evidence was due to be presented to a Grand Jury which will decide whether the policeman, Darren Wilson, 28, should be prosecuted.