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A town, and a nation, await grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri

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Demonstrators shout slogans during a march in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 23, 2014 to protest the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. More than 100 protesters marched peacefully through St Louis on November 23, stepping up pressure on a grand jury to indict a white police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager. Police stepped up security and erected barricades bracing for the worst with a grand jury to decide whether to indict the police officer. Brown was shot at least six times by police officer Darren Wilson in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on August 9, inflaming racial tensions and sparking weeks of protests, some violent. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., reconvened on Monday to consider possible charges against Darren Wilson, the white suburban St. Louis officer who fatally shot the black 18-year-old after a confrontation in August.  Last week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in anticipation of protests or riots in reaction to a decision.

With files from the Associated Press.

Guest:

Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School; former federal prosecutor

Steve Giegerich, reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who’s been following the case

 

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