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Ferguson shooting: the city waits for the grand jury decision

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The city of Ferguson is again bracing for violence as a grand jury is due to reach a decision on whether to charge the white police officer who shot black teenager Michael Brown Three months after the death of an unarmed black teenager led to riots on the streets of Ferguson, the Missouri city is once again bracing for violence. Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on August 9 and his body was left in the street for several hours. Witnesses claimed he had his hands up in surrender when he was killed and his death led to ten days of clashes between protesters and police. Rioters smashed windows and set fire to shops while heavily-armed police responded with aggressive tactics, including firing rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators. The streets have been largely quiet since August but any day now a grand jury is expected to decide whether or not to bring criminal charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who killed Mr Brown. The grand jury - made up of nine white people and three black people - has been meeting since August but is now close to making its enormously significant decision. If the jury decides to bring charges against Mr Wilson, it will set the stage for what could be the most significant criminal trial since a neighbourhood watch captain was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin, a black teenager in Florida. But if the jury decides against charging Mr Wilson, authorities fear there could be a fresh outburst of violence from protesters who feel they are unable to get justice through the courts. Ferguson and the surrounding area is now braced for the grand jury's decision and residents are seriously concerned they will see a repeat of the summer's clashes. Jay Nixon, the governor of Missouri, has already activated the National Guard in anticipation of trouble and gun stores in the area have reported spikes in sales. Michael Brown Senior, the father of the dead teenager, is among those appealing to protesters to remain calm: "I thank you for lifting your voices to end racial profiling and police intimidation but hurting others or destroying property is not the answer." Get the latest headlines http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Subscribe to The Telegraph http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=telegraphtv Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/telegraph.co.uk Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/telegraph Follow us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/102891355072777008500/ Telegraph.co.uk and YouTube.com/TelegraphTV are websites of The Daily Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture.