Tensions were building in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday as the community girded for a decision by a grand jury over whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August.
The shooting sparked weeks of unrest and ongoing demonstrations, and some groups have threatened widespread protests if Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is not charged with a crime in the death of Michael Brown, 18.
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, addressing speculation about the timing of an announcement, said on Monday his expectation a grand jury decision would not be reached until mid-to-late November had not changed.
The prosecutor’s office will advise the public when a determination is made and claims of an announcement date or time from other sources “are rank speculation and should be ignored,” McCulloch said in a statement.
There is widespread expectation the grand jury will not indict Wilson. Some businesses have boarded up windows and made plans for how to protect themselves and their property if protests ignite into violence and destruction.