Nationwide protests continued Tuesday after a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson, 28, in the August shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles held a press conference Tuesday in the aftermath of the decision after a number of continuing riots in the Ferguson area left many locals uneasy.

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Knowles said the National Guard wasn’t deployed in time to save local businesses, some of which were looted or burned, and he pleaded with officials to send all the help they could spare. "We must be prepared ahead of time. We must be prepared for the absolute worst," he said. “Unfortunately, as unrest grew and further assistance was needed, the National Guard was not deployed in enough time to save all of our businesses."

The grand jury’s decision resulted in outrage across the nation, with thousands gathered to protest the court’s verdict in many major urban areas, including New York City.