Map: Planned Protests in Response to the Ferguson Ruling
Whether or not the grand jury decides to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, the public anticipation of that decision is without precedent.
Nothing speaks more to the fever pitch of emotion than the pre-emptive actions by local police, government and Brown supporters. Law enforcement in Ferguson and the larger St. Louis area have been active on forums, discussing preparation for predicted unrest. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency on Nov. 17, calling in the state police and National Guard, a full week in advance of the ruling. And protesters have been sounding the rallying cry since Aug. 9, when Brown was shot in the altercation with Wilson.
However, nearly all parties—aside from the KKK, which is threatening to retaliate against any protesters—are hoping for peaceful rallies, in lieu of the destruction and looting that marked the weeks after Brown’s death. Community leaders nationwide have pre-planned and promoted events around the grand jury ruling.
With data from the Ferguson National Response Network, our map shows times and locations for the more than 61 events and counting all over the country.