|The August 9 killing of Brown triggered weeks of sometimes violent protests demanding Wilson be indicted. Tensions continued |
on Thursday and required police in riot gear to keep the peace (pictured)
November 21, 2014 - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, UNITED STATES - Prosecutors made preparations to announce the eventual decision by a grand jury on whether to charge a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager and some local schools said on Friday they would close next week in anticipation of unrest. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged police to show restraint in handling any protests that flare after the grand jury's decision as tensions simmered in Ferguson, Missouri, over a case that has become a flashpoint for U.S. race relations.
The grand jury deciding whether to indict Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, 18, in the St. Louis suburb met behind closed doors. The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office said it was preparing for a news conference, the first time it has disclosed such plans, but added that it had no date or time for the decision announcement. Officials have said a decision is expected before the end of the month.
Lawyers descend on Ferguson ahead of grand jury decision
Hundreds of civil rights lawyers from across America are descending on Ferguson, Missouri as police and protesters prepare for a grand jury decision on whether to charge the officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in August.
The attorneys are arriving in Ferguson as talks between protest groups and police have stalled over a refusal by officials to rule out the use of riot gear, tear gas and militarized equipment if demonstrations turn violent should a grand jury decide not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, protest leaders say.
Wilson, who is white, shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in a Ferguson street on August 9. The death sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests, and hundreds of arrests. The grand jury decision on whether to indict Wilson is imminent and police fear another wave of violence if he is not charged. Tensions in Ferguson and the St. Louis area are running high.
The lawyers, some from as far afield as New York and California, have responded to calls from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and protest groups in Ferguson to monitor police behavior in the wake of the grand jury decision. They will also take an aggressive legal posture, the attorneys said, filing quick fire lawsuits to fight potentially shoddy jail conditions, onerous bail bonds and civil rights abuses.
"We will be using the sword as well as the shield," said Justin Hansford, a St. Louis University law professor who is part of the legal team. "We have lawyers from Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. They won't just be observing. They will be filing lawsuits."
Prominent civil rights lawyer Vince Warren, executive director of the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has been in Ferguson since Monday. Nicole Lee, an international human rights lawyer from Washington, arrived on Wednesday.
Warren said 280 lawyers and law students had answered emails and have volunteered to travel to Ferguson. The lawyers are taking instructions from the CCR, the National Lawyers Guild, the Missouri Chapter of the ACLU and the NAACP Legal defense Fund.
"We are in a crisis situation and we are here to ensure police let people voice their anger and frustration and don't crack down on protesters as hooligans," Warren said.
|Anger in Ferguson remained high on Thursday as Wilson said he is 'confident' he won't be charged by the grand jury|
Diane Balogh, of the Missouri ACLU, said the organization had held a dozen training sessions with 100 legal observers in recent weeks. The ACLU is providing them with a mobile phone app allowing them to upload video of police behavior to a secure central database. Ferguson police have been wearing video devices since September.
Protest leaders have held meetings, and conference calls, with John Belmar, the St. Louis County Police chief, Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and St. Louis City police chief Sam Dotson since mid-October, protest leaders and police say.
The focus of the talks has been on 19 "rules of engagement" proposed by the Don't Shoot Coalition, an umbrella group of 50 community and protest groups. The police have agreed to about a dozen of the rules, but have stayed silent on the use of tear gas and riot gear.
"The area we are most concerned about is the militarized response, and we are still waiting to hear on that," said Denise Lieberman, a lawyer and co-chair of the Don't Shoot Coalition.
Tory Russell, a founder of the protest group Hands Up United, said he had only been asked to one meeting with police officials, in late October, which he attended.
"All they wanted to know was where we are going to be after the grand jury decision," Russell said. "They didn't tell us where they were going to be. It was just a dig for information. We don't trust them at all."
The St. Louis County Police, city police, and the Missouri Highway Patrol, did not respond to requests for comment. - Yahoo.
School district cancels classes
FBI Sends 100 Agents to Ferguson Ahead of Grand Jury Decision
| FBI Agents are seen in this Aug. 16, 2014 file photo investigating the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the location where|
he was killed on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Mo. Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images
The FBI has sent about 100 agents to the St. Louis area to help deal with any problems that could arise from the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown.
In addition to the FBI, other federal agencies have also mobilized staffers to get to St. Louis today, sources told ABC News.
A decision by the grand jury is expected soon, but St. Louis authorities said today that the grand jury is still meeting. The panel will decide whether or not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Brown, who was unarmed, on Aug. 9.
Authorities are braced for a recurrence of angry protests that turned violent at times during the summer.
The FBI has ordered its Ferguson contingent to mobilize and arrive in the St. Louis area today. In addition to FBI personnel already in the St. Louis area, about 100 more are being dispatched, law enforcement sources said. Additional FBI personnel have been put on alert so that they could be called in as part of a second emergency wave if necessary, ABC News has learned.
The FBI is opening up its special St. Louis intelligence center today. This facility will be in constant contact with the Missouri and St. Louis County Emergency Operations Center.
The FBI declined to comment.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency earlier this week and activated the Missouri National Guard to help keep order if necessary.
Michael Brown Sr., the father of the slain teen, issued a videotaped appeal this week for protester to remain peaceful whatever the verdict. - ABC News.
Ferguson Protesters Erupt Outside Police Department: ‘What Do We Want? Darren Wilson! How Do We Want Him? Dead!’Protesters in Ferguson, Mo., have taken to the streets and chosen not to wait for a grand jury’s decision before clashing with police once again. A grand jury is expected to decide whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson, who is accused of shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown, in the coming days. But protesters made their voices heard outside the Ferguson Police Department on Thursday night shouting, “What do we want? Darren Wilson! How do we want him? Dead!”
Protesters gathered on South Florissant Road outside the police department and halted traffic. Police responded by coming out of the station and forming a line behind the barricade protecting the department. The protesters grew visibly angry and began challenging the police officers. In this video, a protester verbally assaults a police officer who is filming the demonstration outside the department. Warning: Video contains foul language.
WATCH: Ferguson protesters erupt outside police department.
Some women protesters taunted a couple of female police officers by yelling, “Who’s taking care of your husband?” This video shows another protester, who threatened a police officer in a K-9 jacket by saying he would go get his own dogs and start a dogfight. Warning: Video contains foul language.
WATCH: Ferguson protesters erupt outside police department, "Let's have a dogfight".
Eventually protesters moved back into the street and disrupted traffic once again.
Police came out of the department after protesters first started blocking traffic, including this bus:
WATCH: Ferguson protesters block traffic.
WATCH: Ferguson protesters apprehended by police.
Soon after police advanced, many of the protesters got in their cars and left. Far fewer protesters braved the cold weather to protest at the police department on Thursday than had attended the protests on West Florissant Street in the summer. But the grand jury’s decision will likely spark angry protests regardless of the outcome. - National Review.
Police families in Ferguson fear for their safety and many have gone into hiding or left town after receiving assault and death threats
The families of many police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, are in hiding or running from town amid death and assault threats.
One police wife told KTVI that she's received threats over the phone and she's been paranoid for her and her young daughter's safety ever since.
'Did they follow me here?' she told the station. 'Did I do a good enough job after work today of taking different routes, on my way home?
Police families in Ferguson, Missouri, say they're receiving threats and remain afraid for their lives as the city simmers in tension over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown
In one recent message, a caller says: 'Would you rather hear me coming out, coming out and robbing your house? And it would be like, it'd just be like silence man, you couldn't hear nothing.'
'It's very frightening,' said the police wife, who asked to not be identified.
'Most people who have a family member who's a police officer are very proud of what they do.'
She added: 'This is real and people actually do know how to find us and they do want to harm us.'
The police wife says some officers' relatives have been leaving town to protect themselves — but she plans on staying.
'I'm very worried about what's going to happen to the citizens and what's going to happen to the businesses and what's going to happen to the police officers,' she told KTVI. - Daily Mail.
Hospital Prepares Three Floors For Rioting Victims - Medical Workers Put On AlertInfowars reporters Jakari Jackson and retired Army Staff Sergeant Joe Biggs talk with David Knight from Ferguson, Missouri where news has just broke concerning a hospital that has begun to prepare for the worst possible scenario.
WATCH: Hospital prepares for rioting victims.
- Info Wars.
Ferguson's Barnes Christian Hospital Preparing for Mass Casualties
To: Concerned parties
From: John Moore...WWW.THELIBERTYMAN.COM
In Re: Ferguson update, Trauma Treatment
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The following is from two private, confidential sources, who don't know each other:
Trauma treatment for the soon-to-happen riots will be handled by:
Barnes Christian Hospital
11125 Dunn Road
St. Louis, MO 63136
Three floors have been cleared out in anticipation of the victims of rioting:
One floor for injured police
One floor for injured protesters
One floor for injured police family members
The following from one private, confidential source:
Eight members of the Grand Jury have delivered something St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McColloch. While the source did not know what exactly was delivered, it's a short list.
- Natural News.