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Missouri governor details Ferguson preparations ahead of grand jury decision

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(CNN) — As Missouri governor, Jay Nixon believes the most important part of his job is keeping the people of his state safe.

To that end, he told reporters Tuesday that he’s working “around the clock” ahead of the grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown.

Brown, a black teen, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on August 9. The jury is weighing whether to indict Wilson.

“In the days immediately following Michael Brown’s death, peaceful protests were marred by senseless acts of violence and destruction,” the governor said.

“That ugliness was not representative of Missouri and it cannot be repeated,” said Nixon.

Many protesters were furious because they felt Brown’s killing was an example of excessive use of force. They and heavily armed law enforcement clashed in the streets for days after Brown’s death.

Authorities, who drove armored vehicles and wore military gear, were roundly criticized by members of the media, other law enforcement officials and demonstrators for escalating the violence, rather than tempering it.

Though the grand jury has until January to issue its ruling on Wilson, the prosecutor's office has said a decision could come as early as mid-November.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles has previously told local media that authorities must "prepare for the worst" and that he expects demonstrations across the area.

Nixon made clear he's not anticipating violence, but wants to be ready for anything.

Police from various departments will operate as a unified command. The National Guard will be available as necessary.

Law enforcement is prepared to extend shifts and limit leave, and additional resources have been distributed, Nixon said.

"These measures are not being taken because we are convinced that violence will occur, but because we have a responsibility to prepare for any contingency," said the governor.

"This is America. People have a right to express their views and grievances, but they do not have the right to put their fellow citizens or their property at risk," he said.


  • Ron Melancon

    Just tell the truth no matter what may happen just reveal the truth. If the cops story is truthful thank we need to know. However if the other side is truthful than we need to know. No matter the political pressure Justice is blind and this is the foundation of our Nation

  • Manalishi

    It’s very simple, let the protesters protest. Shoot the looters, vandals, arsonists, and violent thugs. It’s really not complicated.

  • carry

    justice only if he is found pigs can protest all you want you won’t get your way anymore simply by threats.go for it and enjoy because I will enjoy you proving everybody right.we are sick of your race card ,sick of your threats of riots if you don’t get your way,bring on the great t.v

  • Robbie

    There are only 42 shopping days till Christmas so the African Americans will need to do some looting regardless of the decision. Need those stocking stuffers of beer, cigarettes and socks. Big screen TVs and lots of clothes will make excellent last minute gifts. Burn a few buildings in the hood for a little warmth! Don’t touch the post office though…welfare checks come there.

  • Becky

    Political Arms & Armies are NOT “Outrage” that the Stoking PC Fed Forces; President, DO-Injustice, FBI, Sharpton LEFT to leave the hated local police to do Do The Job.
    NO “Outrage” the Feds FAILED to Produce their Propagandized “Federal Investigations into Justice for Brown”, or Trayvon, either, for that matter. How much to We PAY for The Exclusive Democratic Way?

  • Dustin Cavanaugh

    How can you justify shooting at a fleeing and unarmed suspect? We know for a fact he shot at him while he was running and had his back turned.

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