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Community leaders and rainstorm lead most Protesters to obey curfew

The new curfew policy implemented Saturday night by Governor Jay Nixon and Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson appears to have been largely successful, with the overwhelming majority of protesters dispersing before midnight as instructed.

An assist appears to have been provided by Mother Nature, who came through with a rainstorm that intensified right around midnight.

Beyond natural factors, a broad array of community leaders spent the evening imploring citizens to follow the terms of the curfew. Even the New Black Panther Party was urging compliance.

But a small group of holdouts is still out in the streets, with the police so far hesitating to confront them too aggressively.