Michael Brown's death has ignited deep passions across the nation, and Los Angeles is no exception. Tonight's decision is one that will be heatedly debated — but we should do so through dialogue and peaceful action. City departments are mobilized to assist in the exercise of peaceful protest.

The LAPD's tactical alert status allows commanders to keep all hands on-deck in times of emergency. A department spokeswoman said arrest figures, if any, wouldn't be announced until morning.

UPDATE at 11:32 p.m., Nov. 24, 2014: Shortly before 11:30 p.m. journalists at the scene started reporting that protesters had blocked the 110 freeway near downtown.

One journalist said protesters were laying down in lanes.

See also: Our photos of the Ferguson protests in Los Angeles

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