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BREAKING: Ferguson Grand Jury Reaches Decision

Riot police clear demonstrators from a street in Ferguson

The St. Louis County Grand Jury has reached a decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson in relation to his shooting of Ferguson teen Michael Brown.

From Yahoo News:

The panel’s ruling is expected to be revealed during a press conference at the courthouse in Clayton later today.

Anxiety over the decision has kept the St. Louis region on edge, as the public waits to see whether the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer will result in an indictment.

The grand jury convened Aug. 20 to hear evidence and testimony. The 12-member group was asked to decide if there was probable cause to charge Wilson with a crime and what that charge should be. Options range from second-degree involuntary manslaughter to second-degree murder. Wilson, 28, could face life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

But the panel may find that probable cause does not exist and dismiss the state’s case, without charging Wilson.

Let’s be prepared for a riot–of media coverage.  And lots of protests.