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The riots this time: No violence after other police killings, but factors converge in Ferguson

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    FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, a man watches as police walk through a cloud of smoke during a clash with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. The response to Brown’s death turned violent because of a convergence of factors, observers said. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2014 file photo, a law enforcement officer watches from an armored vehicle after a device was fired to disperse a crowd during a protest for Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo. The response to Brown’s death turned violent because of a convergence of factors, observers said. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised in Ferguson, Mo. The response to Brown’s death turned violent because of a convergence of factors, observers said. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2014 file photo, people protest the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The response to Brown’s death turned violent because of a convergence of factors, observers said. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this In this Aug. 19, 2014 file photo, people watch protesters from inside a restaurant during a rally for Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The response to Brown’s death turned violent because of a convergence of factors, observers said. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (The Associated Press)

There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer. Peace prevailed when four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles.

Then Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. And waves of riots have convulsed the city.

Why Ferguson? Observers cite a convergence of factors.

Brown's killing happened in broad daylight, and the body lay in the street for hours. Police responded aggressively to protests. And some say people were simply fed up with the toll of killing after killing of unarmed black males.

Kevin Powell, president of an advocacy group, is heading to Ferguson as a peace activist. He says one reason for the riots is that it appeared that local authorities didn't care about the community.

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