It looks like it’s coming down to the wire as the Grand Jury is expected to give its verdict on Officer Darren Wilson soon. And while it’s obvious that the mob doesn’t want true justice, people are still uncertain how the mob will react if Darren Wilson is not indicted:
CBS NEWS ST LOUIS – Ferguson is “getting prepared for war” if a grand jury doesn’t indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson told CBS News he has been meeting with students, gang members and ministers about what might happen following the grand jury decision that is expected to come down this month.
“There’s a lot of fear. A lot of people are afraid of what could happen,” Johnson explained. “In the end, this is gonna be the community we have to live in.”
Ronardo Ward, 33, is one of those hoping to maintain peace in Ferguson if Wilson isn’t indicted.
“We are getting prepared for war,” Ward told CBS News. “And that’s just crazy.”
Michael Johnson, 42, believes many young people will rail against the “system.”
“There’s gonna be a lot of angry young people that’s pretty much not gonna listen to the system anymore,” Michael Johnson said. “Why should they?”
Protests have been going on for months following Brown’s death in August.
“The destruction here symbolizes this community, and how fragile and crumbled things are here,” Johnson told CBS News.
Despite the potential violence, Johnson doesn’t believe Ferguson is ready to explode if Wilson is not indicted.
“I don’t think it’s going to be as bad as people want to make it out to be, but I think there’s some tough times ahead,” Johnson stated.
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Two hollywood stars are in Saint Louis Monday morning for meetings about the Ferguson protests. Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover arrived Sunday night from Los Angeles. The two will be meeting with Civil Rights leader and Congressman John Lewis.