Nixon declares state of emergency in advance of Ferguson decision

2 years 8 months 1 week ago November 17, 2014 Nov 17, 2014 Monday, November 17 2014 Monday, November 17, 2014 1:37:00 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in advance of a grand jury decision about whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will be charged in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Nixon said Monday the National Guard would assist state and local police as needed, in case there is civil unrest when the grand jury's decision is announced.

There was no indication an announcement is imminent. There is no specific date for a decision to be revealed about whether Wilson should face charges for shooting Brown on Aug. 9. The St. Louis County prosecutor has said he expects the grand jury to reach a decision in mid-to-late November.

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