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Anticipating a grand jury decision at any moment, more businesses boarded up their doors and windows and residents hunkered down in their homes on two of Ferguson's main roads.
It's a city in waiting.
The grand jury did not reach a decision Friday and it was unclear when it would reconvene, federal and local law enforcement officials told CNN Saturday.
“In Ferguson prosecutor [Robert] McCulloch got no indictment call weeks ago but has not announced because DOJ find biased behavior by him,” says a St. Louis-based cop.
“He knows as soon as no indictment is released they will pounce on him.”
“He’s having a hard time releasing because at this point he can either save Darren Wilson or himself,” the officer noted.
“But it’ll get even worse when they find out about the bias. Everyone is scared. They’re forcing us to work double even triple shifts/ Sometimes they won’t let us go home because some guys are going to home to sleep but not coming back to work cause of fear.”
originally posted by: illuminnaughty
As a brit looking from across the pond. A lot of people seem to be pissed off about this killing. I am just glad that our coppers are not routinely armed like over there, plus there is a racial aspect to all of this. The way things are looking with the world in general, I wonder if this incident could kick the whole thing off, a proper colour revolution USA style. Seems like every one wants to get in on the action Anon KKK just what its just the sort of thing TPTB would need to clamp things down. Fingers crossed I am way off the mark eh.
just the sort of thing TPTB would need to clamp things down
Not much is normal about the Missouri grand jury responsible for deciding whether to charge a suburban St. Louis police officer for fatally shooting Michael Brown. Not the length of deliberations, not the manner in which it has heard evidence, not the way in which its work could be made public.
NUMEROUS WITNESSES Often, a grand jury hears testimony from just one or a few people, such as police investigators who summarize physical evidence and statements they've gathered from witnesses. In this case, McCulloch has said "all witnesses with any relevant evidence" were being summoned to testify.
TYPES OF WITNESSES Typically, a prosecutor presents only witnesses who would aid his quest for an indictment. The target of the inquiry does not typically testify. But Wilson testified to the grand jury considering charges against him. Grand jurors also heard from a forensic expert hired by Brown's family — unusual because such testimony typically comes only from government sources.
RECORD KEEPING There often is no record of exactly what's said in Missouri grand juries. That's because only the jurors, witness and prosecutor are in the room. In this case, however, McCulloch's office has said the proceedings are being recorded and transcribed.
SECRETS MADE PUBLIC What's said in a grand jury typically remains secret under Missouri law, though when an indictment is issued, the evidence can be aired at a trial. If Wilson is not indicted, McCulloch says he will ask a judge for permission to publicly release the grand jury evidence as soon as possible.
FOR BETTER OR WORSE Opinion is divided about whether the unusual aspects of this grand jury will inspire trust or skepticism. Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd, a past president of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, believes the differences are beneficial.
"At the end of the day, whether Officer Wilson is indicted or not, it's important that the public have confidence that the system worked as it should," Zahnd said. "For that reason, the grand jury going above and beyond the norm is very, very appropriate."
The rationale being that, by such a late release, just before the Very Family-Oriented holiday, there will be a strong disincentive within the community to potential acts of violence.