The mayor of Ferguson is expecting more protests in the city over the killing of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in August, warning the authorities to be prepared for the “worst.”
James Knowles told local media that there is a possibility of a mass protest after a grand jury delivers its decision on whether to indict the officer.
The jury is expected to make a decision as early as mid-November, the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office said.
On August 9, Darren Wilson gunned down 18-year-old Brown, claiming it was an act of self defense.
“It’s not going to be about lining up a fixed line of law enforcement officers somewhere, it’s going to be about being prepared, being reactive, being mobile, being able to respond to wherever an issue breaks out,” said the mayor.
Knowles said he expected unrest outside of Ferguson as well. “The threats that are out there are threats across the region. Our expectation is that demonstrations will probably break out in several places.”
Ferguson has been the scene of public demonstrations since the fatal shooting. Police in military gear and driving armored vehicles have responded to the protests.
Protestors and human rights activists describe Brown’s killing as an example of the excessive use of force and racism in law enforcement in the United States.
Though police have a different account about the deadly shooting incident, several eyewitnesses say the unarmed teen held up his arms in surrender before he was shot. He was shot at least six times, including twice in the head by Wilson.