Tensions Rise in Ferguson as Protesters Await Grand Jury Decision

Tensions Rise in Ferguson as Protesters Await Grand Jury Decision

Tensions were high in Ferguson on Wednesday night, as protesters demand Officer Darren Wilson's indictment.

Published November 20, 2014

Tensions were high in Ferguson on Wednesday night, as protesters await the grand jury's decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.

Protesters gathered outside of Ferguson police headquarters and approximately 50 officers, suited in riot helmets and shields and wielding batons, charged at the demonstrators, according to The Guardian

The officers arrested five people, including activist-journalist Bassem Masri, who officers say had several outstanding warrants. Others were arrested for blocking traffic on South Florissant Road, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier this week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency ahead of the announcement of the grand jury's decision. Activists, including Rev. Al Sharpton, have announced that they are prepared for national protests following the jury's decision.

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Written by Melissa Quinones

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