Ferguson Grand Jury to Possibly Announce Decision on Monday

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (center) stands with St. Louis Chief of Police Sam Dotson (left) and Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson during a press conference Nov. 11, 2014, to discuss law-enforcement preparations for the announcement of the grand jury's decision regarding Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson.  SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (center) stands with St. Louis Chief of Police Sam Dotson (left) and Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson during a press conference Nov. 11, 2014, to discuss law-enforcement preparations for the announcement of the grand jury’s decision regarding Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson.
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According to sources familiar with a Wednesday conference call of government officials, St. Louis County is preparing to announce the Darren Wilson grand jury decision next week.According to sources familiar with a Wednesday conference call that included key elected officials, the St. Louis County grand jury’s decision in the case of Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson is expected to be announced publicly Monday. And sources close to the investigation state that they are not expecting Wilson to be indicted.

A number of key issues in the matter were yet to be fully resolved. Among them, the duty status of Wilson—who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown Aug. 9 after confronting him and another pedestrian for jaywalking—was an issue discussed on the conference call, along with that of Ferguson police Chief Thomas Jackson. News swirled recently that Jackson would resign after the controversy surrounding Brown’s death, but his future with the Ferguson Police Department has yet be confirmed.

Several elected officials on the call were said to be pushing for no punishment or career repercussions for Wilson or Jackson—meaning that they not be fired from their respective positions after the grand jury’s announcement. That sentiment did not go over well with other officials on the call, who, according to sources, were pushing for both to be fired before the grand jury announces its decision.

In a press release issued Wednesday, the Department of Justice outlined Attorney General Eric Holder’s role in the conversation, including his expectations for police conduct, and the conduct of citizen demonstrations, once the grand jury decision is announced: “The attorney general stressed that going forward, it will be more important than ever that the law-enforcement response to the demonstrations always seeks to deescalate tensions and respect the rights of protesters. At the same time, the attorney general said, it must be clearly communicated that any acts of violence by the demonstrators, or other attempts to provoke law enforcement, are unacceptable.”

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Source: The Root | Lauren Victoria Burke

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