Missouri governor declares state of emergency in Ferguson ahead of Darren Wilson grand jury decision

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State Of Emergency in Ferguson Ahead of Grand Jury Decision


By RYAN GORMAN

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has paved the way for the National Guard to return to Ferguson.

Nixon announced Monday via an executive order the declaration of a state of emergency in Ferguson and St. Louis County. The announcement was made as a grand jury deliberates over whether to indict a white police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teen.

Unrest has grown as the grand jury weighs whether to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 murder of Michael Brown, which the officer has insisted was in self-defense.

Officials have expressed concern that protests could again turn violent if a decision is not reached soon, no matter the grand jury's decision, and Nixon earlier Monday activated the National Guard to standby in the event things take a turn for the worse in Ferguson, according to KSDK.

"St. Louis County authorities could soon announce the findings of their independent criminal investigations," Nixon said in the announcement. "Regardless of the outcomes of the federal and state criminal investigations, there is the possibility of expanded unrest."

Nixon's declaration calls for both the St. Louis County Police Department and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to work in tandem to keep the peace in Ferguson.

The "Unified Command" will secure the region should protest turn violent, and additional resources will be made available if deemed necessary.

County police, previously seen by protestors and the media as escalating the violence in Ferguson, have been put in charge of security for Ferguson.

More importantly, though, declaring a state of emergency allows Nixon to call in the National Guard at his discretion. Use of the National Guard has been discussed in recent weeks.

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CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors call for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch to withdraw from the investigation surrounding the death 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson, Missouri police officer on October 9, 2014 in Clayton, Missouri. Brown's August 9 death sparked several days of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson. The shooting death of another 18-year-old, Vonderrit Myers Jr., by a St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A sign from a demonstrator rest on the ground on October 11, 2014, in St. Louis, Missouri, during a protest for the shooting death of Michael Brown. Civil rights organizations, protest groups and people from around the country were protesting the August 9 shooting of Brown, 18, which involved Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson in the suburban town of Ferguson near St. Louis. AFP PHOTO/Joshua Lott (Photo credit should read Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest on October, 11 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri, the shooting death of Michael Brown. Civil rights organizations, protest groups and people from around the country were protesting the August 9 shooting of Brown, 18, which involved Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson in the suburban town of Ferguson near St. Louis. AFP PHOTO/Joshua Lott (Photo credit should read Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - OCTOBER 10 : Demonstrators gather outside the Ferguson Police Station during a protest on Friday, October 10, 2014 in Ferguson, United States. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - OCTOBER 10 : Demonstrators confront police during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Station on Friday, October 10, 2014 in Ferguson, United States. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - OCTOBER 10 : A demonstrator stands in front of the Police line outside the Ferguson Police Station on October 10, 2014 in Ferguson, United States. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors gather outside the District Prosecutors offices in Clayton, Mo. as part of the Ferguson October movement on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors gather outside the District Prosecutors offices in Clayton, Mo. as part of the Ferguson October movement on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors gather outside the District Prosecutors offices in Clayton, Mo. as part of the Ferguson October movement on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Volunteers called 'Marshalls' direct traffic around the District Prosecutors offices where protestors take part in a rally as part of the Ferguson October movement in Clayton, Mo. on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors gather outside the District Prosecutors offices in Clayton, Mo. as part of the Ferguson October movement on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Police stand guard as protestors gather outside the District Prosecutors offices in Clayton, Mo. as part of the Ferguson October movement on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors gather outside the District Prosecutors offices in Clayton, Mo. as part of the Ferguson October movement on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors gather outside the District Prosecutors offices in Clayton, Mo. as part of the Ferguson October movement on October 10, 2014. Ferguson October movement started against police violence after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis of Ferguson, Missouri on August 09. The shooting death of another 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CLAYTON, MO - OCTOBER 10: Protestors call for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch to withdraw from the investigation surrounding the death 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson, Missouri police officer on October 9, 2014 in Clayton, Missouri. Brown's August 9 death sparked several days of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson. The shooting death of another 18-year-old, Vonderrit Myers Jr., by a St. Louis police officer on October 8 has sparked a new round of protests. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: The grandmother of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. is comforted during a candlelight vigil for her grandson on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: People gather outside the store which 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. had left before he was killed on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed across the street from the store yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: The grandmother of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. stands near the spot where he was killed during a candlelight vigil on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Family members attend a candlelight vigil for 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed yesterday by an off duty St. Louis police officer. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators block an intersection as they occupy streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. An upside down flag is a universal symbol of distress. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators march through the streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators block an intersection as they occupy streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. An upside down flag is a universal symbol of distress. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Demonstrators block an intersection as they occupy streets protesting the October 8 killing of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. by an off duty St. Louis police officer on October 9, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis area has been struggling to heal since riots erupted in suburban Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9. An upside down flag is a universal symbol of distress. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A crowd gathers at the scene of a fatal police officer-involved shooting at the intersection of Shaw Boulevard and Klemm Street on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT via Getty Images)
A crowd gathers near the scene in the 4100 block of Shaw Boulevard where a man was fatally shot by an off-duty St. Louis police officer on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT via Getty Images)
Bassem Masri, center, a man who has live streamed many of the protests in Ferguson, Mo., confronts a St. Louis police officer at the intersection of Shaw Boulevard and Klemm Street as protesters gathered at the scene of a fatal police officer-involved shooting on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT via Getty Images)
Shaw pics by @pdpj - crowd at fatal officer-involved shooting http://t.co/7tCGxgNVd7 @Shaw_STL @stltoday http://t.co/Zddn51rtaS
Grand between Russell and 44 is shut down, tact team truck just showed up order people out of street http://t.co/cGKbWlFqmL
Protesters now at Shaw and Grand sitting in the road http://t.co/c0GTSkWEiK
Protesters blocking Grand and Gravois intersection chanting "Black lives matter" http://t.co/SPXNz97v6B
Protesters marching down middle of Grand, police have traffic shut down, but there is no police presence http://t.co/Dmgh9VJoOI
Grand Ave shut down at 44 protesters confronting police http://t.co/eH4Q7XCswg
Fatal police officer involved shooting scene on 4100 block of Shaw in #stl, growing crowd upset http://t.co/5eNkWj4Frq
Police-involved shooting at Klemm an Shaw in STL. Suspect fired at off-duty offc wrkibg security, officer fired back. http://t.co/bNXcXZswvO
FERGUSON, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Protesters gather in front of the police department on September 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests continued in the St. Louis suburb after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Protesters gather in front of the police department on September 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests continued in the St. Louis suburb after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Ferguson and St. Louis County police approach a group of protesters gathered in front of the police department on September 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests continued in the St. Louis suburb after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Ferguson and St. Louis County police approach a group of protesters gathered in front of the police department on September 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests continued in the St. Louis suburb after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Brianna Smith holds up the arms of her 11-month-old son, Ethan Smith, during protests across the street from the police department on September 30, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests continued in the St. Louis suburb after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)
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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay admitted during a Monday afternoon press conference that he did not know how many troops could be deployed, but insisted they would not be on the front lines of any protests.

Slay also said he was not aware of exactly how or when the grand jury's determination would be announced.

The state of emergency expires December 17, according to the executive order, but can be extended at any time.

The grand jury tasked with deciding whether to indict Wilson has been hearing testimony and viewing evidence for weeks. A decision is expected as soon as Monday.

Growing impatience with the legal process led several protestors to mark the 100-days since Michael Brown's death on Sunday by lying in chalk outlines on the cold, snow-covered streets of St. Louis.

Several reports have suggested local schools will be notified the grand jury has reached a decision before it is announced in court.

Missouri Governor Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Ferguson Decision

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