UPDATE, 3:07 PM: It will be dark in Ferguson by the time an announcement of the grand jury’s decision is made public today. It has been confirmed that the office of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch will hold its press conference at 8 PM CT (6 PM PT). Fox News Channel did a News Alert at 3:12 PM PT in which anchor Bret Baier said, “We now know the Ferguson police shooting grand jury decision will be released at 9 PM Eastern time tonight.” The FNC journalist didn’t say how the decision would be announced or who will announce it.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is set to give his own press conference in the next half-hour on the issue and public safety — which appears to mean the Democrat won’t reveal the decision itself. Nixon declared a widely criticized State of Emergency on November 17 as a pre-emptive move in the outcome of the grand jury’s decision on Officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of teen Michael Brown in early August in the St. Louis suburb.
Here in LA, the police are on a citywide tactical alert in case there is unrest in the City of Angels. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has made it very clear that he anticipates Angelenos taking to the streets.
PREVIOUS, 12:54 PM: The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office has confirmed that the grand jury decision about whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO will be made public in the next few hours. “It will be announced later today with details to follow,” said Robert McCulloch’s office in an email to the media Monday. A press conference from Missouri officials and law enforcement is scheduled for after 5 PM CT (3 PM PT), says the Associated Press.
National and local TV news outlets are poised to dive in, after weeks of preparation. The 12-member grand jury was released earlier today. Attorneys for Brown’s parents were notified around 11:30 AM PT that an announcement was coming, according to CNN. After days of anticipation, CNN’s Justice reporter Evan Perez was the first of the cable newsers to get out the word that the grand jury’s decision was truly coming today. Not long afterward, a spokesperson for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said he was heading from the state capital of Jefferson City to St. Louis – the closest major city to Ferguson. The decision in the Rodney King case and the unrest that followed in 1992 has often been cited as a comparison to the consequences of a decision in the case of the shooting in Ferguson if Officer Wilson was not indicted. That grand jury’s decision 22 years ago was made public at 3:15 PM LA time on April 29 that year.