The grand jury considering whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Mike Brown is expected to come a decision this month. As a result, law enforcement and protesters are preparing for any unrest that may occur after the announcement of the decision.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced that hundreds of law enforcement officers have been training for any acts of violence and rioting on the streets. The Missouri National Guard will also be ready to take action. Speaking on thousands of dollars of supplies of weapons and riot gear that has been purchased by the St. Louis County Police Department, Sgt. Brian Schellman said, “No one wants to use them, but it would be irresponsible if we didn’t prepare.”
On the other side, protestors have been preparing for peaceful protests and actions by law enforcement officers. Activist groups have been training demonstrators in Ferguson in “direct action” to hold those who are there to serve and protect accountable by taking notes on their actions and recording their responses to protesters.
Both sides will not tolerate violence. Eyes will be on Ferguson.