Ferguson a hunkered-down war zone in preparation for grand jury decision on Officer Wilson

Ferguson a hunkered-down war zone in preparation for grand jury decision on Officer Wilson

[Ed. – Schools promise they will be a “source of stability” for the kids in case of major unrest after the grand jury reports out.]

Workers are boarding up windows in Ferguson, Mo., and police are re-stocking tear gas as they prepare for civil unrest that could follow a grand jury decision on whether to indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old. …

The jury, which has been meeting weekly for the most part, could make a decision as early as mid-November, the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office said.

And as the nation awaits that decision, those on the ground are making preparations. “We’ve been doing board-ups for probably the past month, the phone’s been ringing off the hook,” said Brian Krieger, owner of American Board Up and Construction Services in St. Louis. “I’ve already purchased 500 sheets of plywood.” …

Now, a unified command of state, county and city police departments are gearing up. A spokesman for the unified command couldn’t be reached for comment.

“Commanders in our department have been meeting almost daily,” said Brian Schellman, spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department. …

The department has spent more than $100,000 on gear since August, including $42,824 on “less-lethal munitions” and more than $2,000 on flex cuffs, which are single-use plastic restraints, Sgt. Schellman said. The department also replaced two cruisers totaled during protests.

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