Normal in Ferguson

The Times reports on the new normal in Ferguson:

Nearly a month has passed since Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was fatally shot by a police officer, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Mo. The confrontation sparked a string of protests that lasted for more than a week. A small stretch of West Florissant Avenue, where businesses were looted and nightly protests would sometimes crescendo into violent clashes, became the backdrop for a national debate about racism and the militarization of police forces.

The commercial strip is returning to some semblance of normal, but the scars of the unrest and looting are still visible. Plywood covers many of the storefront windows. Some have messages calling for peace; others have “black owned” scrawled in paint or black marker. Tension is still in the air. There is still an occasional quiet march. Business owners are not ready to take down the plywood yet, they said. They are waiting to find out if charges will be filed against Officer Wilson, and bracing for more potential unrest.