UPDATE 3:55PM ET: The District Attorney’s Office says the grandy jury’s decision will not be announced any earlier than 4:15 CT and will likely be tonight.
Ferguson grand jury reportedly reaches decision, officials expected to announce later today: http://t.co/vffvHGx4kJ
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 24, 2014
The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri has reportedly reached a decision on whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson. The district attorney is expected to hold a press conference to announce the decision later today.
We will have live coverage for the rest of the day including live feeds which will be posted shortly.
Stay with us and we will have more information as soon as it’s available.
In the meantime, police have arrested protest organizer Bassem Masri on outstanding warrant charges:
— deray mckesson (@deray) November 20, 2014
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) November 20, 2014
Protestors staged a mock lynching outside of the courthouse where the grand jury is meeting:
Meanwhile: Ferguson protesters stage mock lynching outside old courthouse in downtown St Louis. On Dred Scott Way. pic.twitter.com/DtbbmTp7m1
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) November 21, 2014
Also, some Ferguson area schools have already announced they will be closed Monday and Tuesday of next week in addition to planned Thanksgiving vacation days of Wednesday – Friday.
Ferguson-area Jennings School District cancels all classes Monday and Tuesday
— PzFeed Top News (@PzFeed) November 21, 2014
The FBI has sent at least 100 agents to the Ferguson area ahead of the expected decision:
FBI Sends 100 Agents to Ferguson Ahead of Grand Jury Decision… http://t.co/e9hgwSVBVL
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) November 21, 2014
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in Missouri and activated the National Guard to be called upon if needed to keep the peace in Ferguson.
Michael Brown was shot and killed by Wilson back in August after an altercation. Brown had allegedly just robbed a recent convenience store when he was approached by Officer Wilson on an unrelated issue.
Witness accounts vary on what happened next. Some witnesses say that Wilson gunned down Brown as he held his hands up and tried to surrender. Other accounts, including the one provided by Wilson, say that Brown attacked Wilson and tried to gain control of his firearm. Wilson did suffer injuries which would seem to indicate he was physically attacked.
Mass protests that lasted for weeks occurred following the shooting. The case was turned over to a grand jury to decide if Wilson should face charges in the incident.
Wilson is reportedly planning on resigning from the department following the announcement of the grand jury decision.