State Of Emergency In Ferguson Ahead Of Grand Jury Decision
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency ahead of a grand jury decision on indicting Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown.By Matt Picht | November 17, 2014
The grand jury decision about whether police officer Darren Wilson will be indicted for fatally shooting Michael Brown is expected to come down any day now, and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is taking action ahead of the verdict.
The governor declared a state of emergency in Missouri Monday afternoon, citing "the possibility of expanded unrest" and the need to "ensure the safety and welfare of our citizens." The order unifies various law enforcement agencies in Missouri, activates the National Guard, and puts the St. Louis County Police Department in charge of security in Ferguson.
Nixon's order comes in response to widespread fear in Ferguson about reaction to the grand jury verdict. Protests over Michael Brown's death were marred by looting, vandalism and a heavy police crackdown on demonstrators.