Last week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced that violence in and around the town of Ferguson would not be tolerated in response to the grand jury verdict regarding Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown and that he would not hesitate to call in the National Guard if necessary. On Monday, Nixon went a step further by declaring a state of emergency in the state of Missouri.
A date has not been announced for the release of the grand jury verdict, but Nixon’s actions last week and early this week would seem to indicate that the verdict will be handed down some time sooner rather than later and possibly as early as this week. While officials appear to be preparing for the worst, not everyone agrees with the decision. William Brooks, the national president of the NAACP spoke out against the state of emergency being declared, calling it “premature” and “presumptuous” and said that the move could threaten to stir up tension among peaceful protestors. There are many who are going to be keeping an eye on the situation from afar, such as Ray Lane. Leaks from the grand jury have indicated that it is unlikely that Wilson will be charged with any crime in the August 9th shooting of Brown. The shooting gained national attention after it was suggested that Wilson may have had a racial motive for shooting Brown.