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Tweets from Ferguson indicate town is bracing for riots

It’s going to be a long night in Ferguson, Mo.

 

Kevin Collier

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Clouds of discontent are gathering over Ferguson, Mo.

Though the grand jury decision on whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should be charged for shooting unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown won’t be made public until Monday evening, eyewitnesses there say things do not look good.

People around Ferguson keep tweeting evidence that city authorities are bracing for a major riot.

The area has been a hotbed for protests and violence since Wilson, who is white and did not live in Ferguson, shot Brown, who is black. Wilson gave a testimony of self-defense that contradicted multiple witness accounts, and police’s violent crackdown on subsequent protests has drawn concern from local politicians to the United Nations.

The grand jury has reportedly reached a decision in the case, though it’s still waiting to announce it. As the Daily Dot previously reported, schools in the area have already closed as a precautionary measure. Meanwhile, witnesses say, police have set up barricades.

Brown’s family, who have consistently urged protesters to be peaceful, has already requested four and a half minutes of silence when it’s reached.

That’s a reference to how long Brown’s body was left on the street after his death.

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Some stores are already shut down in anticipation.

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Governor Jay Nixon has arrived and seems like he doesn’t want to talk about the verdict.

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Reporters in the area have already been told that they’ll hear from two people: Nixon, who will plead for people to remain calm, and prosecutor Robert McCullough.

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McCullough has already warned that he won’t take questions.

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The chief of the St. Louis County Police Department, which has been a constant presence in Ferguson protests, recently entered a meeting with McCullough.

Gov. Nixon wants a meeting with local clergy around the time of the announcement.

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The Reverend Al Sharpton plans to hold a later press conference.

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