Local Rally Planned for Day After Michael Brown Ruling

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A grand jury decision is expected in Ferguson, Missouri any day now.

The grand jury is considering whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson. He is accused of shooting 18 year old Michael Brown who was unarmed.

CNN is now reporting that that decision may not come down until next week.

Most of the businesses are boarded up in anticipation of a grand jury decision. Some schools have announced they’re going to be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

The governor has already declared a state of emergency. Overnight protestors gathered outside the Ferguson police headquarters. There was a small conflict, and few arrests were made

Concerns are not just isolated to Ferguson, as demonstrations have organized in at least 100 cities across the country.

One of those cities is Des Moines, where the non-profit “Iowa Citizens for Justice” is joining several other local groups for a peaceful rally the day after the ruling.

Organizers say there will be speeches from community leaders, picketing, and chanting.

Tina Muhammad, a law student at Drake University says she hopes officer Wilson is indicted so the facts are laid out in front of a jury of his peers.

“They’re asking the communities to let the facts come out and to be patient, but when Michael Brown was walking, he didn’t get any patience or a review. It was judge, jury, and executioner. That’s the problem. That’s the root of the problem,” Muhammad told Channel 13 News.

The rally will be held on the south side of the Polk County Courthouse at 5 PM the day after the ruling comes down.

3 comments

  • John Smith

    I am encouraged to see members of the local community putting forth the effort. This is NOT an average case, even if there was no racial aspect to it: It goes directly to the authority police have over the citizens they are meant to protect. As does a case in Ames not too long ago, which the county attorney apparently decided for the community.

  • midwestman

    So if Brown was pummeling that Officer to the point where an eye socket was fractured the officer could have been rendered unconcious which in turn left that officer probably dead. Is it your opinion that officers should just lay down and die? I say they all go on a nationwide blue flu and let anarchy rule.

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