Ferguson in State of Emergency



Protestors demonstrate this week in Ferguson, MO.

Tucker Hill, Staff Writer

Reflecting back to the shooting in August, the trial for officer Darrin Wilson continues. The officer gunned down Michael Brown on August 9. The St. Louis County prosecutor said that he expects the grand jury to reach a decision in mid November. Upon this notice, the Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard.

The police officials of Ferguson were bracing for violence to break out. Hundreds of people went out to the streets to block a major intersection to protest the death of Michael Brown. The protestors were lying in the street, pretending to be shot. They laid there and had their outlines chalked so it looked like a murder scene. Even though all of their protests were peaceful, people of the region fear another wave of rioting if the jury does not indict Wilson. Jose Chaves, a leader of the Latinos en Axion community group said, “We are bracing for the possibility. That is what many people are expecting the entire community is going to be upset.”

A decision in this case might re-ignite some debates over local police relations within minority communities. Lt. Michael McCarthy, police spokesman in Boston said, “It’s definitely on our radar. Common sense tells you the timeline is getting close. We’re just trying to prepare in case something does step off, so we are ready to go with it.”

In Los Angeles, police officials say that they’ve been in touch with their counterparts in Missouri. Commander Andrew Smith said, “We saw what happened when there were protests over there and how oftentimes protests spill from one part of the country to another.”

Police in Las Vegas joined pastors and other community leaders to call from restraint at a rally tentatively planned north of the casino strip. A group called Black Lives Matter is planning to rally in front of the police district office the day after the grand jury’s decision. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, police are expecting demonstrations after dealing with angry protests after a police shooting of a homeless camper. There have been more than 40 police shooting since 2010. Bigger city police departments say that they are well equipped to handle crowds.