Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declares State of Emergency ahead of grand jury decision

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(CNN) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday ahead of an expected grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown.

In his executive order, Nixon cited the “possibility of expanded unrest.” He said that people have the right to protest peacefully but that citizens and businesses must be protected from violence and damage.

“I… direct the Missouri State Highway Patrol together with the St. Louis County Police Department and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to operate as a Unified Command to protect civil rights and ensure public safety in the City of Ferguson and the St. Louis region,” part of Gov. Nixon’s executive order read.

The St. Louis suburb has simmered with anger since the day in August when 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot multiple times by Officer Darren Wilson.  Brown was unarmed.

With the grand jury expected to deliver its decision any day, people worry that tensions could boil over — not only in Ferguson, but at demonstrations in more than 30 cities from Boston to Los Angeles organized by a group called the Ferguson National Response Network, mostly for the day after the decision is announced.

While most protests in Ferguson have been peaceful, some devolved into violence, especially in the nights immediately after the shooting. The imminent decision has renewed concerns over clashes between protesters and heavily armed law enforcement officers, especially if Wilson is not indicted.

There has been no announcement yet about whether or not the grand jury has reached a decision.

We’ll continue to update you as this develops.


  • Nuclear Mike

    Should this Police Officer become indicted, then if I were a Police Officer I would go find a new job…as putting your life on the line for the Public’s good and having to make instant lifesaving decisions that result in the aggressor being challenged by lethal force, then being labeled the criminal for protecting your own life is not justice in any form.

    If Ferguson has to be “burned” by the residents there for not being allowed to have their demands for a “lynching”, then let Ferguson burn.

    Even if the Officer was indicted by a Grand Jury and found innocent from the trial, Ferguson would still be burned for not having a “lynching”.

    For the black culture there has to grow out of their social ills to ever become a place where people can be civil and live in peace.

    • LAC

      The criminals in Ferguson could care less about any justice. Black culture has serious issues and unfortunately they can’t be solved, for discussing them labels you a racist. What other group of people disowns the successfully members of its society?

    • LAC

      The article you post has no bearing on the events involving Micheal Brown. While it does appear the Officer could have handled the call in the article better, it does change the evidence with the Brown shooting. Law Enforcement Officers nationwide have had a difficult time dealing with everyone recording everything on their cell phones, especially those that have been in law enforcement any amount of time. There was a time were that was common place for the cops to tell people to stop recording them and most people would. However, with the popularity of cell phones and recording and departments training officers on how to deal with it, it is clearly changing. Only the bad interactions are put on the internet. The professional interactions never are, so it appears all the interactions are bad, when that is clearly not the case.

  • C.B.

    GEE kids it looks like the evidence favors office wilson and the gov. is getting ready to “PROTECT THE PUBLIC” good news is we all will see it live when it happens!! Guess which way its going to go? Peacefull protest, or street justice? there won’t be anything peacefull about it when the sun goes down!!

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