On Tuesday the governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, announced that the state and local police agencies are prepared to do battle if an when the a grand jury announces whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting an , Michael Brown, an unarmed back male back in August.
Here’s what the LA Time is reporting:
“Violence will not be tolerated,” Nixon said at a news conference with officials from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Louis County police and St. Louis Metropolitan police. The governor said the agencies would form a unified command to deal with protests. “Residents and businesses of this region will be protected,” Nixon said.
The St. Louis area remains on edge as it awaits the grand jury decision on whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should face charges in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, 18. A decision is expected in the coming weeks. Wilson, who is white, shot the young black man six times in a confrontation on a street in Ferguson, according to a preliminary private autopsy.
More than 1,000 area police officers have received a total of more than 5,000 hours of training to deal with potential unrest, officials said Tuesday.
Nixon added: “The world is watching.”