AFRICANGLOBE – Police arrested at least two demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, for a second night running as tensions simmer ahead of a grand jury decision whether to charge thug cop Darren Wilson for gunning down an unarmed teenager in August.
The grand jury is deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb in a case that has exposed fresh strains in often-troubled race relations in the United States.
About a dozen protesters gathered again outside the police station in Ferguson in frigid conditions, waving placards and chanted “Whose streets? Our streets!” and “Killer cops have got to go!”
Officers in helmets and shields were deployed after a commander told protesters not to block traffic. Brief scuffles broke out and at least one woman and a man were handcuffed and taken away.
The grand jury could continue meeting into January but a decision on the Darren Wilson case is expected by the end of November.
The Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown triggered weeks of protests demanding killer cop Darren Wilson be indicted. Businesses and schools in Ferguson are bracing for renewed protests, especially if the grand jury decides not to bring charges against Darren Wilson.
Missouri’s Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and called in 400 National Guard troops to back up police. Critics have called that a heavy-handed response, saying the majority of demonstrations have been peaceful.
Activists across the United States said they would stage their own rallies at federal courthouses nationwide regardless of the grand jury’s decision. They say they will call for federal charges to be brought against killer cop Darren Wilson if he does not face state charges.
Cathy Daniels, a hospital worker and activist known to the protesters as “Momma Cat,” watched Thursday night’s rally.
“My young people, I love them so much,” she said. “They thought we’d go away when it got cold, but look. … This is just the start.”
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