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Ferguson Protest Leaders Ask for Heads Up on Grand Jury Decision

November 06, 2014  | 

Activists asked Wednesday for advance notice before prosecutors announce whether a Ferguson police officer will face charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown, saying they can help prevent widespread violence if they have 48 hours to prepare for protests.

Members of the Don't Shoot Coalition said at a news conference covered by the Associated Press  that they want to "de-escalate violence without de-escalating action" once a grand jury decides whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, for the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown, who was black.

The coalition represents more than 50 organizations including union workers, clergy, anti-war activists and black empowerment groups. Its members are leaders of the protests that erupted across the region after Brown's death and have continued in the three months since.

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Bill @ 11/6/2014 12:30 PM

How about this: If you riot/loot, you lose all welfare benefits for life.

Nightstalker @ 11/6/2014 8:20 PM

How about thugs dont beat up cops anymore, Im tired of seeing gangsters with red hats on sideways, baggy pants, guns hidden, blacks robbing stores than crying when protesting, Hey get up of your ass and get a job without doing holdups!!!!!

Capt. Crunch @ 11/6/2014 11:09 PM

I think Obama, should be in Ferguson when the court decision is made. Obama, was there at the start he should be there at the finish. If Obama, did this he would learn to respect the police, because you know the idiots are going to riot.

Bob @ VA @ 11/7/2014 5:22 AM

We should be shooting rioters. Cuts down on repeat offenses. Protest to your heart's content, but if you get violent, the gloves come off. Protesting is protected by the 1st Amendment, rioting is a violent criminal action putting innocent lives at risk.

This whole episode just shows again that the animals are running the zoo. Brown committed multiple violent felonies and got what he asked for. Get over it.

Tom Ret @ 11/7/2014 7:06 AM

It is time for the states to take the necessary actions when dealing with rioters
and hopefully soon there will be new leadership in this country which will support those efforts.

S.S. @ 11/7/2014 8:33 AM

I do not envy the Ferguson P.D. May God be with all of you. Watch your backs all of you. These people that are going to go out to "protest", is just another reason for them to act like animals, to loot, shoot at officers, and to completely terrorize and destroy their community. Then they're gonna bitch and moan. OOOh well our houses, our cars, and our businesses were destroyed in these riots. We need federal and state assistance to help us buy "new shit". Nothing but a bunch of f**ken assholes!!!

GP Cobb @ 11/7/2014 10:32 AM

Thus is has been spoken...........

TheRookie @ 11/7/2014 7:02 PM

The stage has already been set. Gentile Giant Mikey Brown's Momma & Crew beat up, stole, & looted a street venders business this week. All because she didn't like the tee-shirts they were selling. Strong Armed Robbery there. Apples don't have far to fall from trees in Ferguson. Perimeter the city off, let them trash it, burn it, & then live in it. These people there are complete scum who have lived off society & taxes their whole lives.

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