Before and after the grand jury’s decision became public, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and other area governmental officials made clear Monday night that they understood the stakes.
“Now is the time to show the world,” said St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, that protesters and their critics can react without violence to the grand jury’s decision regarding whether to indict a Ferguson police officer who shot an unarmed teenager on Aug. 9.
Ferguson Commission co-chairs Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure look on as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signs an executive order involving the commission. Well over 300 people applied to be on the commission aimed at tackling systemic problems highlighted after Michael Brown's shooting death.
With a fateful grand jury decision expected any day, Gov. Jay Nixon swore in 16 people to serve on the so-called Ferguson Commission. It's a group charged with studying the underlying social and economic conditions that sparked protests over the death of Michael Brown.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard to protect “the two pillars: safety and speech’’ that he says could be tested in the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision regarding the August police shooting that killed teenager Michael Brown.
"Our goal is to keep the peace and allow folks' voices to be heard,'' Nixon said Monday night in a conference call with reporters.
The forensic pathologist hired by Michael Brown's family to perform a private autopsy testified Thursday before the grand jury considering whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in Brown's fatal shooting.
Attorneys for the family would not elaborate on what exactly Dr. Michael Baden said to the grand jury.
"He believes...that the substance of his testimony should be left to the purview of the grand jury, so in respecting the process, we won’t be able to comment on that this morning," said family attorney Benjamin Crump at a press conference Thursday.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay held a press conference on Wednesday to calm tensions in the run-up to a grand jury decision over Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson.
As St. Louis residents nervously await a decision regarding Michael Brown’s shooting death, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley had a simple piece of advice.
“Take a deep breath, stand back and calm down,” Dooley said.
Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay told reporters on Wednesday that law enforcement agencies are prepared to protect lives and property – and the rights of protesters – if Wilson isn’t charged with Michael Brown’s shooting death.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has pledged zero tolerance for violence in anticipation of protests when the grand jury investigating the August shooting death of Michael Brown releases its decision later this month. But he and law enforcement officials at a Tuesday press conference made it clear that they want to protect both protesters and others' safety and property.