Several dozen demonstrators took to the streets Monday in Clayton, Missouri, where a grand jury is determining whether to file criminal charges against a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen in August.
Protesters expressed anger that, 101 days after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, it was still unclear what will happen to the officer, Darren Wilson.
The St. Louis area is on edge before the decision, which could come any day, and if no charges are brought, many fear a repeat of the sometimes violent protests that rocked Ferguson three months ago.
“We want an indictment. The cops don’t like it,” the group chanted on a day when the temperature was well below freezing as they marched outside the Clayton County courthouse where the grand jury is sitting.
“Something about the way Mike Brown was killed started a fire in me that I can’t ignore,” said one of the demonstration’s organizers, Dhorbua Shakur, 24.
He said he had little sympathy for area residents who are tired of the demonstrations, which left some businesses in Ferguson burned out.
“They can turn this off and on with a TV screen. But this is my reality. This is my life,” Shakur said.
Some area schools have told parents they will dismiss students early when the decisions comes and many businesses near the stretch of downtown that saw the worst rioting after Brown’s killing have boarded up their windows in as a protective move.