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FBI Sends Out Warning Over Ferguson Grand Jury

November 19, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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The FBI has warned law enforcement agencies that police officers likely will be targeted if the grand jury acquits Ferguson Police officer, Darren Wilson of the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Officer Wilson, who is white, is accused of killing 18 year-old Michael Brown, who is black, on August 9th.

The incident sparked violent rioting in Ferguson and protests across the country.

The FBI warning issued in a bulletin read:
“The announcement of the grand jury’s decision will likely be exploited by some individuals to justify threats and attacks against law enforcement and critical infrastructure.

This also poses a threat to those civilians engaged in lawful or otherwise constitutionally protected activities.”

The threat could come in the form of bladed weapons or firearms, equipped with tactical gear/gas masks or bulletproof vests to mitigate law enforcement measures.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard on Monday.

In other parts of the country, the events in Ferguson are being monitored very closely.
In Boston, Lieutenant Michael McCarthy had this to say:
“ It’s definitely on our radar. Common sense tells you the timeline is getting close. We’re just trying to prepare in case something does step off, so we are ready to go with it.”

In Los Angeles, Commander Andrew Smith had this to say:
“Naturally we always pay attention. We saw what happened when there were protests over there and how often times protests spill from one part of the country to another.”

Another case that had similar racial implications as this one was the Trayvon Martin case. In 2013, Martin was shot and killed by the neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was found not guilty but the demonstrations around the country were generally peaceful.

Whatever the verdict of this case, hopefully it will produce the same non-violent outcome.

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