Local Rally Planned for Day After Michael Brown Ruling
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.