The grand jury is expected to reach a decision in November regarding the indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The St. Louis County Police Department is stocking up on riot gear in anticipation of massive protests.
Tom Fuentes, CNN Law Enforcement Analyst, was asked if the situation in Ferguson had the potential to overheat if the grand jury decides not to indict Wilson.
“Oh, they’re gonna overheat. That would be absolutely true… Whether [Police Chief Thomas Jackson] resigns or is fired, won’t matter at the end of the day if Wilson isn’t arrested, prosecuted, and jailed for shooting Michael Brown. Nothing less will appease anybody. You have members of the community and other leaders saying statements in the press like, “There will be carnage. There will be violence. There will be destruction.” And they’re saying not just in Ferguson, but across the country in other African-American communities.”
He concluded his remarks with a reasonable warning to the law enforcement community:
“The police better be planning and they better be stocking up, because they’ve been told this is gonna happen.”
BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.