Tensions Rise in Ferguson as Protesters Await Grand Jury Decision

FERGUSON, MO - OCTOBER 22:  Demonstrators march toward the police station as protests continue in the wake of 18-year-old Michael Brown's death on October 22, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Several days of civil unrest followed the August 9 shooting death of Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Today's protest was scheduled to coincide with a day of action planned to take place nationwide to draw attention to police brutality.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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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(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Written by Melissa Quinones

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