A St. Louis County grand jury reached a decision Monday on whether to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen in August touched off weeks of sometimes violent protests.
Plans were in place for an evening announcement of the long-awaited decision on whether Wilson will face charges in the death of teenager Michael Brown.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Public Safety Director Dan Isom planned a news at 6:30 p.m. ET on preparations in advance of the grand jury announcement, now expected around 9 p.m. ET, the governor's office said. They will be joined by St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.
Anthony Gray, a lawyer for the Brown family, said they were informed the announcement by the county prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, was imminent.
The grand jury has been meeting in another St. Louis suburb, Clayton, Mo.
Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson inside his police car, then reached for Wilson's weapon. Brown's family and some witnesses say Wilson killed Brown as he raised his hands in surrender.
The death of Brown, 18, touched off weeks of protests, and the decision by the grand jury on whether to bring charges prompted extraordinary precautions by law enforcement and the community.
Some Ferguson schools were closed, a police command center was in place and barriers had been set up to help control protests in downtown Ferguson, a predominantly black suburb, and near the courthouse in Clayton. McCulloch met with St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar on Monday afternoon.
At the courthouse in Clayton, a St. Louis County police officer said officers carried in two metal benches from outside the building out of concern people might throw them at the building.
Police officials and protest organizers have collaborated on rules of engagement -- that is, rules for conduct when protesters meet police again on the streets. Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and activated the state's National Guard. The governor was reported en route to the area.
source: Ferguson grand jury makes decision; announcement tonight (external - login to view)
They will announce tonight after everyone gets home.. work traffic and school children.
They let School out early, all programs cancelled..
LOL No trial.. Justice has been done.
John Boehner on Ferguson: Deport them all to Africa!!