Ferguson protests move from streets to Black Friday boycotts

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FERGUSON, Missouri – Violent protests again in Ferguson, Missouri, for the second straight night.

And this time the protests, and sometimes the violence, spread Missouri’s misery across the country in Cleveland, Richmond, New York, Miami, Little Rock, Los Angeles and more than 100 other cities.

In Atlanta and San Francisco, protesters blocked highways.

And in Minneapolis where hundreds of protesters marched along the highway, a car drove into a group of demonstrators, scattering the crowd, and sending one woman to hospital with minor injuries.

In Dallas, police arrested seven demonstrators after marchers blocked I-35 near downtown, backing up traffic in both directions for miles.

In Houston, protesters gathered at McGregor Park before marching to the Third Ward and across 288, going the entire way without incident.

“All of the protest groups that assemble and demonstrates around the city on a regular basis, they have, they have our manual, and we have a dialogue to make sure they understand that ‘Look, we want to help you and facilitate you to do this safely,” said HPD Chief Charles McClellan.

And, for the first time, we hear from Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson about what happened that day in August when he shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Wilson said it came down to a matter of kill or be killed.

“The reason I have a clean conscience is because I did my job right,” he said.

But the mother and step-father of Brown weren’t believing anything Officer Wilson had to say, especially regarding threats brown allegedly made toward Wilson.

Ferguson mayor James Knowles is optimistic that calm will return to Ferguson, blaming some of the violence on outside agitators. “Right now, to have this sort of destruction or mayhem only stifles the real discussion to solve the real issues that have been raised since August."

There’s a lot of criticism coming down on Missouri’s governor for holding back the National Guard, and on area law enforcement for not knowing when and where violence would break out.

“If we had a crystal ball, would've probably done something different, but we could've never imagined that,” said Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Police.

"I don't know who to blame,” said Jeniece Andrews, whose business was destroyed Tuesday night. “You know, we don't live in situations like this every day. I just know I expected my law enforcement to be there and for me to have that protection. And I wish I would have been valued enough."

Now, the protests have moved from the streets to cyber-space with calls on social media for a nationwide Black Friday boycott, beginning on Thanksgiving.

Burning businesses and boycotting stores is just economic activism for those hoping for positive change in society and in the justice system.