Protests planned across country following Ferguson grand jury ruling

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Demonstrations in the U.S. state of Missouri have taken place all week, more than 100 days after an unarmed black teenager was killed by a white police officer. The protesters anticipate that a ruling on whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson will come any day.

The decision on whether to charge Officer Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown lies in the hands of a group of citizens called a grand jury that has been meeting for months and is reportedly close to a decision about whether or not to indict Wilson. There is no definite time frame, although the prosecutor says it could be any day now.

Grand juries are made up of 12 people in Missouri who are typically paid about $18 per day and meet one day per week. Nine members must vote for a prosecution in order for the suspect to be charged. They are deciding on whether there is enough evidence and probable cause to move forward with a trail. Unlike jurors in a criminal trial, grand jurors are allowed to investigate the facts of the case and ask questions of witnesses.

The death of Brown sparked months of heated protests after witnesses said he was surrendering at the time he was shot.

After the grand jury decision is announced, protest organizers said they are ready to take to the streets, not just in Ferguson, but across the United States. CCTV America counts 64 cities where protests are planned on either the day of, or the day after, the grand jury decision.

CCTV America’s Hendrik Sybrandy reported this story from Denver, where one of the protests is planned to take place.

Protests planned across country following Ferguson grand jury ruling

After the grand jury decision is announced, protest organizers said they are ready to take to the streets, not just in Ferguson, but across the United States. CCTV America counts 64 cities where protests are planned on either the day of, or the day after, the grand jury decision. CCTV America's Hendrik Sybrandy reported this story from Denver, where one of the protests is planned to take place.


James Peterson of Lehigh University discusses Ferguson protests

CCTV America interviewed James Peterson, director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University about what to expect in further Ferguson protests.

James Peterson of Lehigh University discusses Ferguson protests

CCTV America interviewed James Peterson, director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University about what to expect in further Ferguson protests.