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Grand Jury Evidence: State of Missouri vs. Darren Wilson
We are covering the Ferguson, Missouri reaction to grand jury verdict, as well as the reaction in cities across America. Check back for ongoing updates!
The Missouri Grand Jury is expected to release it’s decision on whether or not to recommend criminal charges against Officer Wilson in the next week or so. The aftermath of the decision, especially if the officer is acquitted, has a high probability of including violent protests and, at a minimum, civil unrest in and around the St. Louis and Ferguson areas
- SIGINT Opportunity – Preparing for Ferguson The anticipated announcement by the Ferguson Grand Jury could provide an excellent opportunity to develop your SIGnals INTelligence skills.
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- Is your city listed as a target? -List of cities with planned responses around the country to the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Announcement.
[116 protest locations now listed as of 11/24. – Ed.]
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-Ongoing Ferguson Updates-
The committed presence of Oath Keepers could renew confrontation dangers, as group founder Stewart Rhodes had earlier cited a report of members being targeted, presumably by a federal law enforcement sniper team. Per Rhodes, such teams had not communicated with local law enforcement, let alone coordinated activities with them.
Ben Swann traveled to Ferguson and sat down with Sam Andrews, the head of the Ferguson Oath Keeper operation about what the group is doing, how police have responded to them, and why 50 armed police officers surrounded a building where the Oath Keepers were protecting businesses and told them to either leave the buildings rooftop or they would be arrested.
FERGUSON • A man arrested in the Ferguson protests over the weekend used police radios to try to distract officers and interfere with their work, according to charges filed Monday.
Well, we’ve wrapped up most of the intelligence activity from Urban Charger, our effort to battle track the Ferguson riots. We had a great group of guys involved at all levels; from OSINT and COMINT collection and reporting on the front side to the intelligence analysis on the back side. In all, we had eight guys staffing the Analysis & Control Element (ACE), which included intelligence collection. That number doesn’t include local sources of intelligence information or the many AmRRON collectors also feeding information into the ACE. Every single one of the intelligence collectors and analysts were volunteers. As you’ll learn later on (and in Tuesday’s FO Podcast), they all took something away from this Operation. They’ll all be better able to conduct Intelligence operations as a result of their work here.
The White House announced a series of relatively modest reforms Monday to rein in a controversial program that equipped local law enforcement with military equipment.
11/30 2231Z – After having been informed that radio traffic was heard that Missouri State Police had allegedly apprehended 5 Oath Keepers on a roof top with long guns in St. Louis, John Jacob Schmidt contacted Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers for a response. Here is Stewart Rhodes’ response:
No arrests, but our guys were threatened with arrest. Cops telling our volunteers that they could not protect businesses from arson without a security guard license. Total bull.
You might have seen them on the news. The people protecting Ferguson businesses from the arsonists and looters ransacking Ferguson, Mo. But here is the real story about the organization protecting those businesses. They’re called Oath Keepers, and they have ex-police and ex-military keeping guard of four Ferguson businesses since late Monday night, Nov. 24, at the permission of the business owners.
Police questioned group members early in the week and allowed them to stay. But Saturday, after media inquiries, St. Louis County police officers ordered the Oath Keepers to leave the rooftops.
Threatened with arrest for operating without a license, the volunteers argued but eventually left their positions early Saturday, Rhodes said.
11/29 0504Z- Breaking News: Oathkeepers Protecting Persons & Businesses in Ferguson
11/29 0018Z- The Ferguson Officer that Shot Michael Brown, Resigns
11/28 2138Z – LA TIMES – Some Bay Area train service restored after Ferguson protest shuts station
Partial train service to San Francisco was restored after authorities arrested protesters angry over the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision who forced the closure of a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in West Oakland, triggering delays across the region’s busy rail system, officials said Friday.
Dozens of protesters interrupted holiday shopping in the St. Louis area late Thursday and early Friday as part of the ongoing reaction to a grand jury’s decision to not indict the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown this past August.
Seven protesters were arrested near the route of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City today. The arrests came amid rumblings on social media about disrupting the parade and Black Friday to protest a Missouri grand jury’s decisions not to indict the police officer who shot Michael Brown to death.
An estimated 50 protesters gathered a block away from the parade route at the New York Public Library. Several people were arrested when they started trying to interrupt the parade, including vandalizing, breaking windows and knocking over barricades, police said.
The parade was not interrupted, and the rest of the protesters returned to the library where they are now “peacefully” protesting, according to police.
Protesters may try to disrupt the traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, news reports said.
The #stoptheparade hashtag was trending on Twitter and the New York Post reported that demonstrators had targeted the popular parade that has become a Thanksgiving tradition.
A few dozen protesters showed up outside police headquarters in Ferguson late Wednesday night. And standing underneath a “Seasons Greetings” sign stretching over the road, they fired obscenities at National Guard members who stood on watch outside the police department’s offices.
But there were no incidents, no confrontations between the two sides. Police made just two arrests, and no injuries or damages were reported.
At least 130 demonstrators who refused to disperse during a Los Angeles protest were arrested Wednesday night, while 35 people were detained in Oakland following a march that deteriorated into unrest and vandalism, according to police officials.
Organized by a group that calls itself the “Revolutionary Communist Party,” protesters held a banner that said “Justice for Mike Brown” and called for the public to recognize Friday not as a shopping day but as “Black lives matter Friday.”
On the third day of demonstrations in response to the Ferguson grand jury verdict not to indict Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, LAPD officers are corralling dozens of demonstrators who started their march on 6th and Hope and were trying to make their way to the Staple Center.
Hundreds of people marched in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon, the third day of protests against a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
More than 200 people gathered outside the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon, the third day of protests against a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Many protesters held signs but were relatively quiet except for someone’s sound system playing James Brown and hip-hop music.
(Reuters) – National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in civil unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager.
11/26 2340Z – SKY NEWS – Ferguson Unrest: St Louis City Hall Stormed
Protesters shouted “shame, shame” while running into the building and at least three people were arrested as the site was locked down by officers.
Those activists who got inside were part of a group of about 200 protesters who marched and held a mock trial of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who shot dead Mr Brown on 9 August.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have raised the arrest total from the second night of protests over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case to 58.
Mirroring Tuesday night’s protest activities in Los Angeles, traffic once again screeched to a halt on the southbound Hollywood (101) Freeway this morning around 9 a.m. near downtown by protesters who obstructed traffic.
San Diego demonstrators joined in nationwide “planned responses” Tuesday associated with protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Demonstrators temporarily blocked the 15 freeway one of the city’s main arteries. In addition, protests at City Heights and the Federal Building were outlined on the mysterious Ferguson National Response Network prolific list of planned coast-to-coast protests.
Looting and vandalism continued in Oakland overnight as hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police in tumultuous protests against a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict an officer for the shooting death of a young black man.
Los Angeles police arrested 130 protesters overnight during a second round of demonstrations against a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teenager.
People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb.
Police fired tear gas at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, overnight after a police car was flipped over and set on fire. Forty-five people were arrested as violence erupted in the city for the second consecutive night.
National Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.
(Reuters) – Two FBI agents were shot and wounded at a house in north St. Louis County early on Wednesday, though the incident was “not directly related” to racially charged unrest in and around nearby Ferguson, an agency spokeswoman said.
The violent protests intensified following the announcement that a grand jury will not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in apparent self defense.
Over 170 cities across the US have been disrupted by protesters angered by a grand jury’s not to indict the police officer who killed a black teen. More than 40 people were detained overnight as police ordered the rallies off the streets.
11/26 1343Z – Breitbart – Dallas Police Begin Arresting Protesters
Dallas Police have begun arresting protesters in Dallas after they refused to disperse from Interstate 35.
Various news outlets are reporting that the hundreds of protesters that had gathered in Dallas had not moved from the area as police officers had tried to clear the highway.
Teargas was fired overnight in Ferguson by police to disperse protesters while hundreds gathered in cities throughout the US to demonstrate against the decision not to charge a police officer over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown
11/25 0545Z National Guard going hands-on:
Law enforcement officials temporarily shut down part of I-35 northbound in Dallas Tuesday night due to protestors.
Protestors took over the Lincoln Tunnel during the evening rush and then shut down both sides of the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive, despite efforts from police to keep them off.
11/26 0550Z- Ferguson combined upstream live streams
11/26 0545Z- Fox2now.com live stream video
11/26 0407Z – ABC NEWS – Ferguson Protesters Gather at Police Station Amid New National Guard Reinforcements
A crowd of several hundred people gathered outside the Ferguson, Mo., police station tonight, and after a calm start, a police car was set on fire, after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon deployed more than 2,000 National Guardsmen to the streets.
The protests in Los Angeles on Monday night over the decision in Missouri not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown offered a window into the tactics of both demonstrators and police. Below is a review of the two biggest flashpoints of the night for protesters as they tried to bring attention to their cause and Los Angeles police officers as they tried to keep the peace. The moment for protesters came when they took their march onto a major Los Angeles freeway. For the LAPD, it was the decision to safely disperse a crowd that officers believed was getting unruly.
Hundreds of people marched in Manhattan and across the New York area to peacefully protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Missouri, a shooting that has sparked weeks of sometime violent protests.
Police are reporting the large crowd is peaceful with “no incidents reported” but the crowd has forced them to shut down a portion of Massachusetts Avenue and the ramp to I-93 and along Albany Street are clogged.
11/26 0159Z – AP – Protesters block highways, bridge in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angry about the Ferguson grand jury decision have disrupted traffic for several hours in downtown St. Louis by blocking major intersections, an interstate highway and a Mississippi River bridge connecting the city to Illinois.
On Tuesday afternoon, several hundred demonstrators voicing their outrage at the refusal of a grand jury to induct police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown marched through south central Los Angeles.
With countrywide protests having occured across the nation all day, and more planned into the dark of the night, many cities are gearing up for another evening of fear and emotion. For now, the main trouble spots appear to be NYC (Lincoln Tunnel blocked, pepper spray used, multiple protests arounds Union and Times Square), Minneapolis (car ploughs down protesters, violence escalating), Cincinnati (main highway shut down) and Ferguson (2,200 National Guard deployed, multiple protests, multiple arrests). St. Louis just postponed the Thanksgiving Day parade. President Obama’s earlier comments translated appeared to sound like, ‘I condemn the violence but totally understand it’ and Al Sharpton’s earlier analogies to a fight did not help. It appears the American Spring is spreading and while color may have been the catalyst, it appears youth is the dividing point.
While last night’s events in Ferguson raised many eyebrows over the decision to release the Jury decision late into the night, and even more tempers, as rampant destruction and looting quickly became the means by locals express their indignation with the US judicial system, some say they could have been worse. Still, just to make sure the second night of the Ferguson protests is not a replica of what happened yesterday, moment ago Missouri governor Jay Nixon announced he would dispatch a massive 2,200 national guard troops, up from 700 on Monday night: a presence that is set to make the city resembles an all out warzone. One can only hope the similarities end there.
(Reuters) – Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more National Guard troops on Tuesday to the St. Louis suburb rocked by rioting after a white policeman was cleared in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, while the local mayor said the governor did not do enough to protect businesses from looting.
“So I was there when that happened,” French explained. “I think he was expressing a sentiment that a lot of folks in that crowd felt. When he said those words, though, the mood did change and things got a little bit out of control.”
11/25 2331Z – Sky News – Anti-Government Militia Travels To Ferguson
About 10 armed members of the Oath Keepers, an anti-government militia, have travelled to Ferguson to help board up and guard local businesses.
Where Brown’s father had called for peaceful protest in the days leading up to the decision, his stepfather, the man in green and white who eventually steps into the frame, clearly does not. He leads the calls for violence and begins building anger in the crowd.
After the grand jury decision in the Michel Brown case, protesters vandalized, looted, and torched local businesses in the Ferguson area. According to St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman, there were 61 arrests last night as several businesses were destroyed by fire or vandalized.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) came under political fire from his Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) for failing to deploy the Missouri National Guard in Ferguson before rioting got out of control. Kinder appeared on Fox News Tuesday morning with Martha MacCallum and expressed strong criticism about the Governor’s lack of action and lack of communication.
The unidentified black male was found shot and burned inside a car near Canfield apartments in the St. Louis suburb. At least 13 people were injured and more than 100 shots were fired when fierce protests erupted in the St. Louis area following a grand jury’s decision not to charge Wilson in the 18-year-old’s shooting death. The overnight riots were the worst since the Aug. 9 police killing. St. Louis’ mayor promised to increase police presence Tuesday night.
(Reuters) – Some 61 people were arrested during a night of unrest in the St. Louis suburbs following a grand jury’s decision not to charge a white police officer for the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teen, the St. Louis County Police Department said on Tuesday.
FERGUSON, Mo. — After a chaotic night of demonstrations that erupted in many fires, frequent bursts of gunshots, looting and waves of tear gas, Gov. Jay Nixon said early Tuesday that he would send additional National Guard troops to help quell the worst violence this battered St. Louis suburb has seen since a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August.
Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — More than a dozen buildings charred, set ablaze in a wave of fury. Stores — many owned by locals — looted, with shattered glass covering the asphalt outside. Shell casings on the ground, having been fired by unknown shooters.
Saint Louis County Police Department is reporting an active manhunt after a University City Police Officer was shot.
Through social media, the police agency confirmed that one officer had been shot and his condition was unknown. It was not clear if the shooting was related to the protests taking place in Ferguson, Missouri, which is just 20 minutes north from University City.
Demonstrators burned buildings, cars and shut area highways down. Chief Belmar says that started to see violence immediately following the Michael Brown grand jury’s decision. He says it was the worst night of protests since August. Many officers feared for their safety since protesters were armed with guns and improvised weapons.
No shots were fired by police during violent protests that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. At a 2:30 a.m. ET press conference on Tuesday, Belmar reported “a lot of gunfire” in the streets overnight. Around 12 buildings were set ablaze as the protests “spun out of control,” Belmar said. At least 29 arrests were made and an automatic handgun was seized.
11/25 0817Z- Huffington Post- Police Officials Condemn Ferguson Protests[photos/video]
11/25 0749Z- MSNBC- Fires, damaged businesses follow Ferguson ruling [recap video]
11/25 0710Z- New York CBS Local- NYC protestors splattered NYPD police commissioner with fake blood
11/25 0621Z – CNSNews – St. Louis-bound flights rerouted amid protests
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is diverting some St. Louis-bound flights to other airports because of reports of gunshots fired into the sky in Ferguson following a grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old. The FAA says about 10 flights had been rerouted from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as of 11:30 p.m. CST Monday. The reason cited was “to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.”
Protesters mobilized in the streets of Washington on Monday night after learning that there would be no indictment on state charges of the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in August.
11/25 0551Z – CNN.COM – Protests spread far beyond Ferguson
More than 120 vigils and gatherings, both immediate and for Tuesday, were organized in cities large and small. From Toledo, Ohio, and Bangor, Maine, to Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Detroit, details have been shared on the Ferguson National Response Network.
At one point, protesters marched onto westbound Interstate 580, bringing traffic to a standstill. A few buildings were vandalized and two trash can fires were started, but there were no reports of injuries and minimal arrests.
For a brief while, about 50 protesters tried to get on the 10 Freeway and shouted, “Shut it down! Shut it down!” But a number of California Highway Patrol officers quickly chased them from the freeway.
The majority of media is focusing on Ferguson looting, violence and riots that are happening in response to the announcement there will be no indictment of Darren Wilson, but new reports are suggesting there is growing activity in both New York and Chicago. In fact, according to Tweets coming from citizens in New York, Times Square is completely gridlocked.
“Everybody wants me to be calm,” she said, her eyes covered with sunglasses. “You know them bullets did to my son!” “They still don’t care!” she yelled. “They never going to care!” Ms. McSpadden then sank her head into her husband’s chest and bounced as she wept vigorously.
Mr. Head then turned and began to yell.
“Burn this down!” he repeatedly shouted, inserting an expletive.
2200 Central: Several minutes ago, our ACE team heard over the police channels that an AR-15 had been spotted behind a Meineke Car Care store. A minute or two after that, police reported that an AR-15 had been stolen from an unattended police vehicle. Before that, and since then, there have been numerous reports of shots fired at law enforcement in Ferguson.
11/25 0402Z – Fox News: Report: Shots fired in Ferguson [VIDEO]
11/25 0345Z – CNSNews – Cars vandalized, gunshots heard in Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Police cars have been vandalized and several gunshots have been heard on the streets of Ferguson after the announcement that a white police officer will not be indicted in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old.
11/25 0340Z – AP – Smoke, pepper spray deployed into Ferguson crowd
Police cars were vandalized and several gunshots were heard Monday night as crowds erupted in anger after the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
11/25 0332Z Facebook – Ferguson Scanner updates
FERGUSON • Lawyers for Darren Wilson issued a public statement tonight after learning he would not be indicted, saying, in part, that Wilson “followed his training and followed the law” when he shot and killed Michael Brown Aug. 9….
11/25 0226Z – No Indictment for Officer Darren Wilson – Link to Follow
11/25 0217Z – FOX2now.com – Another livestream link.
11/25 0126Z – FaceBook – Ferguson/Saint Louis Riot Updates
11/25 0106Z Live Stream Link @MissJupiter1957
11/25 0023Z – Reported by AmRRON Intel Sources – BREAKING: LAPD Issues Citywide Tactical Alert and Protests Already Underway in NY Ahead of Ferguson Decision Announcement [We will attempt to verify this, Ed.]Update 0035Z – VERIFIED VIA NBC LOS ANGELES: LAPD On Tactical Alert Ahead of Ferguson Decision
11/24 2354Z – Gov Nixon explains role of Nat’l Guard during presser. The role will be a “support role” for example guarding power sub-stations, police sub-stations, and fire houses so that these first responders are free to respond.
As of 2340Z Grand jury decision to be announced at 8pm CT (0200Z)
A grand jury has reached a decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo. police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked days of turbulent protests, sources close to the process said.
Sources said that press conferences are being prepared by the county prosecutors’ office and the Missouri governor. Those press conferences will likely come later today.
A grand jury has reached a decision regarding whether or not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson over the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, according to the Washington Post.
The lack of a decision and a scarcity of official communication about the case has left nerves frayed and many anticipating unrest no matter what the outcome.
(Reuters) – A St. Louis-area grand jury was expected on Monday to resume deliberations over whether to bring charges against a white policeman who shot and killed a black teenager in a case that has triggered months of demonstrations and set the city on edge.
With no one knowing how long that process might yet run, residents are anxious and shop fronts are boarded up in fear of unrest, while students in one school district began an extended early Thanksgiving break.
Business owners in the St. Louis, Missouri area have hired private military contractors to transport guns and gold, fearing their shops will be targeted by looters if a grand jury does not indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in the St. Louis County suburb of Ferguson.
A Missouri state senator and gun-control advocate who has protested police actions in Ferguson surrounding the Michael Brown shooting death said that an armed man tried to carjack her early Saturday in St. Louis.
Jamilah Nasheed, 42, said on Twitter that a gun was pointed at her while getting out of her car in front of her house.
Downtown STL Inc., a St. Louis civic group that promotes downtown businesses, told members in an email Saturday that the grand jury will reconvene Monday to continue deliberating whether charges are warranted against Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Brown.
The email did not explain how the group knew the information, and a spokeswoman declined comment. Ed Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, didn’t respond to several messages Saturday.
Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — 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.
On Saturday, the city learned it will have to wait a little more.
The grand jury convened on Friday, but did not reach a decision, federal and local law enforcement officials told CNN.
Three people were charged with unlawful assembly overnight in protests in Ferguson, Mo., law enforcement authorities said early Saturday, as the St. Louis region awaits a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict a white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager.
During that demonstration, a driver lost control and crashed a vehicle into a light pole, Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the St. Louis County police, said.
Two men have been arrested by FBI and indicted on weapons charges near St.Louis, Missouri. According to CBS news source the suspects were allegedly plotting to set off pipe bombs amid the ongoing Ferguson protests.
The suspects were arrested by the federal agents as part of an undercover operation in St. Louis after they attempted to buy explosives on Thursday.
Breaking: Patriot Radio reporting that according to AmRRON communications monitoring reports, a citizen posted on the Broadcastify channel for the St.Louis area police streaming scanner, a 48-hour notice has been given. Based on the report at 1400hrs Pacific time, it’s estimated that sometime Sunday afternoon the Grand Jury’s decision will likely be announced. Schools have announced they will be closed for the entire week next week, families of police officers are leaving the area for safety, and the FBI is reported to have brought in approximately 100 agents. RFR News is seeking further verification.
11/21 ZERO HEDGE – In Preparation For Tonight’s Ferguson Decision – Analysis by Tyler Durden
As America holds its breath for tonight’s (expected) grand jury verdict over the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown – by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9th – Missouri officials have said they have reached an understanding with protest leaders, as NY Times reports, on the conduct of demonstrations expected after the decision whether to indict Wilson or not comes down. Despite this ‘understanding’ it is clear that law-enforcement is ‘prepared’…
[Editor’s Note: Various reports have indicated when the announcement might come. As of this writing, we can find no definitive date or time that the announcement will be made. Reader discretion is advised.]
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis-area and state officials have announced a “rules of engagement” agreement between police and roughly 50 protest groups in anticipation of the Ferguson grand jury announcement.
The families of many police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, are in hiding or running from town amid death and assault threats.
The FBI has sent about 100 agents to the St. Louis area to help deal with any problems that could arise from the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown.
In addition to the FBI, other federal agencies have also mobilized staffers to get to St. Louis today, sources told ABC News.
The Jennings School District will not hold school Monday and Tuesday in expectation that a grand jury will announce its decision this weekend on whether to indict officer Darren Wilson.
(Reuters) – Prosecutors made preparations to announce the eventual decision by a grand jury on whether to charge a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager and some local schools said on Friday they would close next week in anticipation of unrest.
(CNN) — Attorney General Eric Holder released a video message Friday, announcing new guidance for police when they respond to demonstrations and calling for protesters to act in a peaceful manner.
Growing unrest in Ferguson led to the arrests of more protesters Thursday night as residents grow wearier ahead of the town’s grand jury decision on whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson on charges in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown on August 9, is in the final stages of negotiations with city officials to resign, according to people close to the talks.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A police union official says the suburban St. Louis officer who fatally shot Michael Brown does not expect to face criminal charges.
It’s my understanding that our police chief and other dignitaries are going to get some advance notice and that’s going to allow the unified command to begin their response and to put their response mechanisms in place. It’s also going to give some schools and businesses that amount of time. But there’s a double edge to that sword. No matter what the verdict is, that is also going to give other people time to prepare whatever their strategies may be, so there’s a danger. What’s too soon? What’s too early? That’s all a matter of opinion and that’s what they’re trying to work out and they probably worked that out.
Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — A tense Ferguson is awaiting to hear whether a St. Louis County grand jury believes Officer Darren Wilson should stand trial in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
The grand jury hearing evidence plans to meet Friday for what might be its final session.
FERGUSON • Officers, some in riot gear, made a few arrests late tonight as protesters staged another noisy but peaceful rally at police headquarters.
Several dozen demonstrators chanted and at times closed South Florissant Road in front of the police department to traffic.
In perhaps the most threatening move to date in the Ferguson situation, a militant group is offering rewards for information on the whereabouts of Officer Darren Wilson and each “close family” member, many of whom are in hiding.
11/19 Ferguson National Response Network – [UPDATE] Tumblr account now advertises about 70 planned responses to Ferguson ruling.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said Tuesday that his officers are ready for whatever happens.
“We’ve had three months to prepare. … Acts of violence will not be tolerated,” he said. “Our intelligence is good. Our tactics are good. We can protect lawful people and at the same time arrest criminals.”
ST. LOUIS — Following weeks of intense negotiations, local police officials and Ferguson protesters have agreed to a dozen policies for how any future protests will be policed — but have yet to reach consensus over whether tear gas and riot gear will be used or whether the protesters will get advance notice of when the grand jury will announce its decision regarding Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson.
Both sides are now lining up for another engagement, hinging on the majority decision of 12 random people. Looking at the current battle map, most of the future engagements seem to be happening in “Blue Country”, and more than a few in fairly affluent areas. Number of “protests” in the American Redoubt: 0.
11/19 Letter From St. Louis Mayor – Slay Agrees To Majority Of “Rules Of Engagement” Demanded By Protestors
Yesterday, we posted a link to an article entitled, The Guardian – St Louis mayor predicts ‘widespread civil disobedience’ in Ferguson. That article linked a letter by Francis Slay, Mayor of St. Louis, MO. We failed to more prominently point out that the mayor had agreed to more than half of the protestors proposed 19 “Rules of Engagement.” Here is the relevant quote from the letter:
During the first meeting, we agreed to more than half of the 19 proposed rules.
We apologize for this omission.
Slay said that guardsmen – who have been authorized to assist in policing protests in the region after governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency on Monday – would be posted at 45 sites to protect residents and businesses. They would work in two 12-hour shifts, he said.
Note: The article does not mention what, specifically, the National Guard is authorized to do to “prevent random acts of violence, property destruction, looting or other criminal activity.”
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11/18 REMINDER: The Ferguson Grand Jury meets on Wednesdays. So, any announcment will likely be made after the Grand Jury meets.
The hacker group Anonymous has reportedly leaked a map showing how law enforcement plans to surround Ferguson, Mo., in response to the riots expected after a jury decides whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown.
Muslim groups have stepped up efforts to co-opt protests over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., with a drive to equate the teen’s death to the death of a radical Islamist shot during an FBI raid in 2009, a Washington-based security watchdog group is warning.
“They’re interested in building coalitions with other organizations in order to effect a legislative change to weaken anti-terrorism laws and weaken the ability of law enforcement to engage in counter terrorism.”
– Kyle Shideler, Center for security Policy
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Saint Louis University officials recently sent students tips on how best to protest if they choose to take part in possible unrest as a result of the Ferguson grand jury decision, expected in the next week or so.
The governor of Missouri activated the National Guard on Monday ahead of what could be a new wave of mass protests, but doesn’t seem certain at all about who will be in charge of law enforcement operations in the coming days.
The FBI is warning law enforcement agencies nationwide that a grand jury’s decision on whether a Missouri police officer will face charges for killing Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, “will likely” lead to attacks on police officers and key infrastructure.
“The FBI assesses those infiltrating and exploiting otherwise legitimate public demonstrations with the intent to incite and engage in violence could be armed with bladed weapons or firearms, equipped with tactical gear/gas masks, or bulletproof vests to mitigate law enforcement measures,” the bulletin continued.
On a “St. Louis Coptalk” forum, a supposed Ferguson-area officer posted a chilling warning about what he expects to happen in Ferguson, “If you do not have a gun, get one and get one soon. We will not be able to protect you or your family,” he wrote. “It will be your responsibility to protect them. Our gutless commanders and politicians have neutered us. I’m serious, get a gun, get more than one, and keep one with you at all times.”
Just moments ago, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency for Missouri, giving the National Guard full permission to help police the state as residents and observers across the country await a grand jury decision on whether Ferguson police offer Darren Wilson will face indictment for the August 9 shooting death of teenager Mike Brown in Ferguson.
Several dozen demonstrators took to the streets Monday in Clayton, Missouri, where a grand jury is determining whether to file criminal charges against a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen in August.
Protesters expressed anger that, 101 days after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, it was still unclear what will happen to the officer, Darren Wilson.
As the nation waits to hear whether a Missouri police officer will face charges for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the FBI is warning law enforcement agencies across the country that the decision “will likely” lead some extremist protesters to threaten and even attack police officers or federal agents.
Personally, I think we DONT need to be on West Florissant. I wanna advocate that we go on South Florissant because the people on South Florissant don’t look like me. The people on West Florissant look like me and they’re with it. So… I really don’t have anything to protest on West Florissant. So if I’m in the area I’m going to Ferguson Police Department.
A crowd of demonstrators staged a peaceful protest in St. Louis on Sunday, marking 100 days since the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Mike Brown by a white police officer. Protesters laid down on chalk-marked areas, pretending to have been shot.
11/17 From JJS: I thought the ‘official’ statements were very interesting. CBS St. Louis: Is the Department of Homeland Security in Town?
“This is a local law enforcement issue. So, you will not see any federal authorities, you will not see anybody on the ground,” Dotson says.
Because they’ll be in the air? Or at a fusion center?
A representative from the Homeland Security office in Jefferson City, Missouri, sent KMOX an email saying, “the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has no role in the Ferguson Security Plan.”
But what about the ‘communications’ plan?
Remember, in the manhunt for the shooter in Sacramento a few weeks ago, scanner traffic picked up conversation about “the DHS helicopter on its way with the ‘communications equipment’ and ‘the uplink’.”
HOWEVER, this was just released, clearly showing a high level of activity, including apparent readiness for command and control support.
Dozens of DHS Vehicles roll into town, despite claims otherwise.
Official press releases obviously can’t be trusted, obviously.
11/16 III Percent Patriots: Staging near Ferguson – Photos of law enforcement vehicles staged in various places.
11/16 Google Maps: Justice for Mike Brown St. Louis Map – Possible targets, legal aid, medical aid, and refuges.
Yet the most important part of the planning may also be the hardest: how to prevent demonstrations from turning violent. Organizers say they want their efforts here to blossom into a lasting, national movement. So they say they hope for the protests to be forceful, loud and unrelenting, but without the looting or arson that could undermine their message. But they also know that some among the ranks may be more volatile and harder to control.
ST. LOUIS, Nov 16 (Reuters) – A crowd of a couple hundred demonstrators, angry about the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, took to the streets of St. Louis on Sunday, briefly blocking a major intersection in protest.
Chesterfield, MO – Yesterday should have been a normal workday for 28 year old Mark Paffrath, a Houseman at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Chesterfield. Instead, it turned out to be anything but. “…We drove through the parking garage at the Drury Plaza Hotel on our way to speak with management for a comment. There were over 100 Homeland Security vehicles, row after row. If we hadn’t known any better, we could have easily mistaken this for a Homeland Security garage.”
FERGUSON • While the Don’t Shoot Coalition has focused its training on de-escalating confrontations between demonstrators and police, one prominent protester says a schism has opened within the movement itself.
BOSTON – From Boston to Los Angeles, police departments are bracing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.
FERGUSON, Mo. – With a grand-jury announcement in the Ferguson case drawing near, many churches plan to open their doors, offering prayer, shelter, food and a safe sanctuary for protesters, residents, schoolchildren and others who may be affected by potential unrest.
Several groups from across the United States, and even from abroad, are preparing to take to the streets in actions of nonviolent civil disobedience, particularly if the grand jury finds no criminal trial is warranted.
Those planning the protest expect “hot spots” at certain areas of emotional contention, including where Michael Brown was shot, the QuickTrip that has repeatedly fallen victim to arson, and the location where a black man was shot and killed by police in October, when the officer said the man shot at him.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Schools near where a Ferguson, Mo., police officer shot and killed an unarmed teenager will get advance notice when the grand jury in the case makes a decision on whether to indict the officer on a criminal offense.
I told my fellow Legionnaire that the people and money behind this matter are East Coast Communists with very serious financial backing. These people are trained, equipped and organized with an identifiable chain-of-command. Their goal is to recreate the 1988 L.A. riots all over again. My expectation (shared by many police and local officials) is there will be at least dozens, if not hundreds, of deaths and serious physical injury to protesters, police and innocent civilians. Property damage? Tens of millions of dollars.
CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – Protestors are making plans to shut down Clayton while they await the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Michael Brown. They want to hurt Clayton economically. The information was released Thursday night at one of their meetings in south St. Louis. Organizers said they’re hoping for hundreds if not thousands of people to show up in Clayton the first workday after the grand jury reaches a decision.
Mike Bush interviewed the Unified Command, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, Missouri State Police Captain Ron Johnson, and St. Louis County Police Jon Belmar, at NewsChannel 5 on Thursday as they prepare for the announcement in the Michael Brown shooting case. [21 minute video]
The grand jury decision on whether to indict a white Missouri police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager is nearing, a lawyer for the family said on Thursday, calling for calm in a situation that has put police and residents on edge.
11/13 St. Louis Schools – Townships Warn Residents to STOCK UP ON WATER, FOOD, MEDICINE Before #MikeBrown Decision – Local officials fear a violent response to the St. Louis County Court’s decision.
11/12 OSINT URBAN CHARGER: APC in Ferguson – OSINT Study
Open Source INTelligence reveals a likely M1117 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) in the vicinity of Ferguson, MO.
On Monday, Steven King, who owns Metro Shooting Supplies told CNN that customers bought 100 guns this weekend. A typical weekend brings in about 30 buyers.
The National Guard will be ready to assist law enforcement in Missouri if unrest erupts after a grand jury announces whether to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday.
Police will work to protect peaceful protesters after a grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown shooting case is announced, but those who cross the line into violence will face consequences, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon warned Tuesday.
With a decision expected from the grand jury investigating the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, protesters in Ferguson have given police an outrageous list of demands to govern the impending riot.