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Demonstrators take aim at disrupting commerce, 15 arrested as protests return to Ferguson

  • Police stand guard as protesters gather in front of Ferguson Police Department on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Police stand guard as protesters gather in front of Ferguson Police Department on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police and Missouri National Guardsmen stand guard as protesters gather in front of Ferguson Police Department on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Police and Missouri National Guardsmen stand guard as protesters gather in front of Ferguson Police Department on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Several protesters have been taken into custody during a demonstration outside the police department. Tensions escalated late Friday during an initially calm demonstration after police said protesters were illegally blocking West Florissant Avenue. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters march down the streets near Ferguson Police Department Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer , Darren Wilson, in the shooting death of Michael Brown has sparked protests nationwide, triggering debates over the relations between black communities and law enforcement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Protesters march down the streets near Ferguson Police Department Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. A grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer , Darren Wilson, in the shooting death of Michael Brown has sparked protests nationwide, triggering debates over the relations between black communities and law enforcement. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (The Associated Press)

Disrupting commerce, transit and traffic became focal points for demonstrators across the country days after the announcement that a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

As Small Business Saturday approached, numerous storefronts in the Ferguson area had their windows covered with plywood with messages painted across many of them letting neighbors know that the shops are still open. Demonstrators temporarily shut down three large malls in suburban St. Louis on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and then marched in front of the Ferguson police department to protest the grand jury's decision.