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Charlie Riedel, AP
Police in riot gear prepare to take up positions Saturday, Aug, 16, 2014, as people protest the police shooting death of Michael Brown a week ago in Ferguson, Mo. Despite heavy rainfall and lightning, hundreds of protesters gathered Saturday night at a busy thoroughfare that has been the site of previous clashes with police. Dozens of officers, a much more visible presence than the night before, stood watch — including some with shields. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

FERGUSON, Mo. — A couple hundred defiant protesters remained in Ferguson after a midnight curfew took effect in a St. Louis suburb where a black teen had been shot by a white police officer while walking down the street.

Hundreds of other protesters left peacefully before the midnight to 5 a.m. deadline took effect Sunday morning.

Remaining protesters mingled, chanted and taunted police, some shouting that they would not abide the curfew. Police dressed in riot gear were keeping their distance.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Saturday declared a state of emergency in Ferguson — the site where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a police officer.

Crowds that were in the hundreds prior to the curfew had dwindled significantly in the final hour.