Ferguson grand jury reaches decision in fatal shooting of black teen

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SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- A grand jury in the US has reached a decision on whether or not to indict the white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

Prosecutors said the grand jury’s decision will be disclosed later on Monday, but they did not say what the verdict was.

It is also unclear whether the jury will immediately announce if Darren Wilson will be indicted for killing Michael Brown on August 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Brown’s family also confirmed that the jury’s decision would be announced later on Monday.

President Barack Obama on Friday urged for calm in Ferguson amid high tensions in Ferguson.

Rights groups have vowed to hold fresh protests if Wilson is not indicted in the killing, while the state of Missouri has been planning a massive police presence to deal with any potential violence.

Brown’s death triggered weeks of protests and clashes between police and demonstrators in Ferguson. At times, the police used unnecessary and disproportionate force.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a 30-day state of emergency and called in 400 National Guard troops to support local police.

Human Rights Watch, a leading international human rights organization based in New York, has warned police departments to allow peaceful assembly and avoid using excessive force in the event of renewed protests.

Rights activists say they would conduct separate rallies at federal courthouses across the US regardless of the grand jury’s decision and have called for federal charges to be brought against Wilson if he does not face state charges.

 

Source: PressTV

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