Martial law declared in Ferguson, grand jury decision coming soon


Governor Jay Nixon
Gov. Jay Nixon

Yesterday, the governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, declared a state of emergency and instituted martial law in Ferguson. This move comes ahead of the expected decision, by the St. Louis grand jury, as to whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will face criminal charges for killing unarmed teen Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014. In the aftermath of the shooting, the city saw widespread rioting and protests as concerned citizens took to the streets to vent their frustration over the incident.

Even though there has been no word as to when the grand jury decision will be read, this move by Gov. Nixon indicates that a decision is eminent. The governor’s declaration authorizes the Missouri National Guard to be deployed in the city of Ferguson to support local police. In addition, the order puts the St. Louis County Police Department in charge of Ferguson rather than local police. Gov. Nixon said in a statement, “As part of our ongoing efforts to plan and be prepared for any contingency, it is necessary to have these resources in place in advance of any announcement of the grand jury’s decision.”

The declaration of a state of emergency and imposition of martial law has many supporters of the Brown family drawing one conclusion only, that Wilson will not be indicted.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

  1. AND TRUST ME THE DECISION WILL COME RIGHT A DAY OR TWO BEFORE THANKS GIVING OR THE DAY AFTER THANKS GIVING .. where people will have no choice but to chill cause kids will be home trying to enjoy holiday family travel to town but not to ferguson .. . i mean they do this every time a announcement has to be made involving racism they did the same thing when zimmermam was aquitted and oj simpson announcemnt came same time right before holidays they been knowing what the decision was .. they just want to control the outcome . i cant believe a grand jury would not send this man to court for this mans killing .. it was not a call of duty it was a unjustifiable ,torcher ,and execution of a man .
    nothing less than that can be said .
    and what they would possibly come up with to excuse not sending this case to trial is only to save tax dollars on a thug as they see mike brown .. how come he gotta be a thug living in the hood dont make you a thug .. and as many white kids shooting up school and malls , and killing randomly THAT IS A THUG TO ME NO ONE CALLED ADAM LANZA THE FOOL THAT FOOL IN SANDY … A THUG?
    anything mike brown done leading to the murder does not make him any were near as dangers to sociiety as a video playing homebound , low moral , bullied white kid ifrp,m the suburb , and adam lanza was not the only one like this there are tons more just like him , laying around at home being pshcho .waiting to prove once again HOW MUCH MORE SAFER BLACK MEN ARE THAN Y OUNG WHITE MALES .. WHITE MALES ARE THE MOST VIOLENT KILLERS IN THIS COUNTRY .. but ohhhhh no htats some ones mentally illl kid he just needs help ..if they shot lanza down in the street after he shot up the school ,, WHITE WOULD STILL HAVE RALLYED THAT A MENATLLY ILL MAN WAS KILLED ???? yet mike brown is a thug that got popped … yeh you get it

      1. You can tell when the truth hurts the ignorant because the ignorant will come out the woodwork name-calling instead of giving a sensible disagreeing statement. Your ignorance speaks volumes about you and makes any comment that you make irrelevant. You are excused from this section.

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