Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says law enforcement in Ferguson, St. Louis County, St. Louis City, other area municipalities and the State Highway Patrol will work together when a grand jury releases its decision in the Michael Brown shooting investigation.
“Violence will not be tolerated,” the Governor writes in a statement released Tuesday.
The National Guard will also be part of the contingency planning process, “when we determine it is necessary to support local law enforcement,” says Nixon.
“We must and will be prepared,” he says.
A grand jury decision whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 shooting death of an unarmed teenager Michael Brown expected sometime during the last half of November.
Nixon says he and law enforcement leaders are not anticipating that violence will erupt when the grand jury decision is released, but says agencies have been preparing to respond if violence does arise. .
Nixon would not speak to specifics of planned operations, yet wants residents throughout the St. Louis region to know that their safety is not in peril.
“There’s a lot of voices for peace out there,” says Nixon, “There are a lot of folks involved in the faith community, in the school community, in the non-profit community; good people of good will. The hundreds and hundreds that applied to be on the commission, the school teachers, the administrators, the churches doing a whole lot to try to keep that from happening.”
Nixon reiterated that no date has been set for the release of the grand jury’s decision. St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has said that information will be released in mid-to-late November.
Nixon says in the involved agencies, more than 1,000 law enforcement officers have received a total of more than 5,000 hours of additional training, planning efforts have included coordination with fire and EMS services, and the state Department of Public Safety has distributed additional communications equipment to ensure seamless communication between agencies.