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article imageGun sales soar as Ferguson prepares for grand jury decision

By Ben Morris     Nov 11, 2014 in Crime
Ferguson - While America awaits the decision of whether Officer Darrin Wilson gets charged in the death of Michael Brown, citizens of Ferguson, Mo. have prepared for a Wild West showdown.
Months after Brown was gunned down by a cop in the middle of the day, tensions are still strong from the shooting and violent protests that put the suburb of St. Louis on the front page. In preparation of the decision to charge or not to charge the officer responsible for the death of Brown, protesters and those not involved in the streets have gone shopping at gun stores where the rate of purchases has increased 50 percent in the past few weeks.
As reported by CNN, citizens who are dismayed by the media portrayal of the city being rife with hooligans have purchased firearms not necessarily thinking war will hit the hits, but in preparation that they could be wrong, and violence escalates.
According to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, the grand jury decision should come by mid to late November, and rumors about the pending ruling has created tensions between citizens and police. In preparation of possible violent protest Tory Russell of Hands Up United accused police of not talking to the community about the possible protest, by saying they don't want to meet with the youth. "I honestly believe they are planning to kill us in the streets." Russell is quoted in the Chicago Tribune asking that police, "do not continue to traumatize our community."
With 67 percent of residents being black, and less than 5 percent of the police force African American, racial tensions have developed. In a report released by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, in the town of 17,000, 86 percent of residents pulled over in traffic violations are black. Of those African Americans, 92 percent end up in handcuffs.
Those statistics, and the death of Brown has escalated into a situation many predict could end in more violence and death. It is why Governor Jay Nixon is expected to announce plans to combat the protest, if rumors of charges not being laid against Officer Wilson are true.
In a story from earlier this month, Hot Air claimed, "Earlier this week we found out that sources close to the proceedings in Ferguson believe that there won’t be any state level murder charges forthcoming against Darren Wilson stemming from the shooting of Michael Brown this summer."
Reports circulated last month that suggested an autopsy report revealed Brown was shot at close range, and did not have his hands up when he was shot. The report contradicts one video in which witnesses are heard saying Brown had his hands up.
No matter the decision the Metropolitan Clergy United has released a statement of support against non violent protest in a “rebirthed,” “movement for human freedom,”in order to “dismantle practices of profiling, predatory and provoking policing, and structures of systemic racism.”
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