AFRICANGLOBE – A grand jury has reached a decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson, the White Ferguson, Mo. police officer whose fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michel Brown sparked days of protests, which resulted in a militarized crackdown, sources close to the process said.
Sources said that press conferences are being prepared by the county prosecutors’ office and the Missouri governor. Those press conferences will likely come later today.
The announcement gave no indication of whether Darren Wilson, 28, will face state charges in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, which triggered a frank conversation about race and the police war against Black people in America.
The grand jury’s decision is the latest turn in a case marked in the national consciousness by the stunning images of protesters being attacked by militarized police units in riot gear deploying tear gas in the days after Brown’s death. Details of the grand jury’s deliberations have leaked out in recent weeks, angering the Michael Brown family and protesters who saw it as a ploy not to charge Darren Wilson.
Although a parallel federal civil rights investigation of the shooting is continuing, federal investigators have all but concluded that they are not prepared to charge Darren Wilson. Federal investigators are also conducting a broader probe of the Ferguson Police Department.
If Darren Wilson is not charged, government officials are bracing for protests in the St. Louis area and nationwide. They have discussed emergency plans in the event of mass protests, while protest and community leaders have mapped out their response in the hopes of avoiding the unrest that exploded after Michael Brown was murdered.
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