A federal grand jury has made a decision as to whether to pursue criminal charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in August. Media outlets are reporting the decision will be announced in the early evening. ABC News reports the decision will come at 9 p.m.
"Our shared hope and expectation is that regardless of that decision people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint," said Missouri Governor Jay Nixon at a Monday night press conference.
Demonstrators would be allowed to express themselves, said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, even if it means inconvenience to the city such as slowed traffic.
"But turning violent and damaging property will not be tolerated," Slay said.
Wilson is white, and Brown, 18, is black and was unarmed at the time of his death. Weeks of protests followed the shooting, and unrest included looting and rioting. West Florissant Avenue, in particular, was hit hard. Many businesses on the street have boarded up their windows in anticipation of further protests.
The police response to the initially peaceful protests drew criticism for the use of tear gas, riot gear and armored vehicles.
A small number of protesters attacked squad cars, tossed molotov cocktails and shot at officers, who responded with tear gas, smoke canisters and rubber bullets.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon addressed the nation in a joint news conference with law enforcement officials on Tuesday, Nov. 11. He stated that police will work to protect peaceful protesters after the grand jury makes a decision, but those who exhibit violence will be prosecuted.
Many schools were closed in the Ferguson area today. It is still not known when the grand jury will reach a decision, but it is expected early this week.
More than 1,000 police officers have received additional training ahead of the decision. A combined command of state, St. Louis County and St. Louis city will provide security for expected protests. The National Guard will be made available if needed.
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