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Mr. Holder planned meetings with community leaders, FBI agents, federal prosecutors and civil rights officials while in Missouri.

Police officers have faced sharp criticism for their handling of the situation, including using tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters who are usually unarmed. Several journalists have also been arrested, and others said they have been threatened with arrest. But even protest organizers have said a small minority of the crowds in the street have defied curfews and sought to confront and goad the police.

A Missouri Highway Patrol officer accused of threatening to kill protesters Tuesday night was reportedly removed from duty.

Meanwhile, funeral services for Mr. Brown will be held at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday morning. Mr. Brown’s uncle, the Rev. Charles Ewing, will deliver the eulogy. The Rev. Al Sharpton, as well as several members of Congress, have announced they are planning to attend the service.

The protests were more subdued Tuesday night, with smaller crowds, fewer confrontations and no tear gas. Police said they still made 47 arrests, mainly of people who defied orders to disperse. Tensions rose briefly when someone hurled a bottle at officers, but there were no reports of gunfire or the type of clashes that had marked previous nights.

• This article is based in part on wire-service reports.