Grand Jury Decision on Whether Or Not To Indict Officer Darren Wilson in Shooting Death of Michael Brown To Be Announced Monday at 8 p.m. CT (Live Feed)
The fate of officer Darren Wilson to be determined tonight …
LIVE FEED FROM STREETS IN FERGUSON
A decision by the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri in the shooting death of Michael Brown has been reached. The announcement of their decision is to be announced tonight at 9 pm ET, 8 pm CT.
While protesters chanted late Monday for an indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown, officials called for calm as the world awaits word of the grand jury’s decision.
“No matter what is announced, people will be emotional. I want people to think with their heads and not with emotion,” said St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. “This is not the time to turn on each other. It is a time to turn to each other.”
Protesters were gathering outside the police department in Ferguson. Darren Wilson, a white police officer with the department, shot and killed Brown, a black teenager, on August 9.
The grand jury’s decision on whether to indict Wilson will be announced at about 8 p.m. (9 p.m. ET) Monday, according to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of St. Louis County.
Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri called for “peace, respect and restraint” on Monday as the region nervously awaited an announcement of the grand jury’s decision on whether a white police officer should face charges in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in nearby Ferguson.
Mr. Nixon said that he did not know whether the grand jury had decided to indict the officer, Darren Wilson, for the Aug. 9 shooting of the teenager, Michael Brown, but he and other officials said that peaceful protesters would be respected, and even allowed to potentially slow down traffic on streets.
“Our shared hope and expectation is that regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint” he said.
I wonder whether this is why they delayed the announcement until 9 pm tonight. Was it to make sure businesses could close and commuters could get home from work so that the police and National Guard only had to deal with potential rioters.
Employers, restaurants, retailers, libraries and other venues around the St. Louis area closed early ahead of tonight’s grand jury announcement.
Several said they will remain closed Tuesday as a precautionary measure.
Plaza Frontenac and The Galleria both closed their doors at 6 p.m. today. The Galleria usually closes at 10 p.m.; Plaza Frontenac at 9 p.m.
Customers who called the main number at the Macy’s at The Galleria Monday afternoon were greeted with this message: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, our store is currently closed.” The Galleria 6 motion picture theater also closed at 6 p.m.
QuikTrip and Best Buys are among other major retailers that decided to temporarily close some local stores.
UPDATE III: LIVE FEED FROM COURTROOM FOR DECISION