Leaders Renew Call For Peace Ahead of Ferguson Grand Jury Announcement

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – State and local officials took to the microphone Monday evening in St. Louis, renewing a call for peaceful demonstrations following St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s revealing of a grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case.

McCulloch is expected to make his announcement at 8pm local time.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said he’s confident there are necessary resources in place to protect lives, property, and free speech. Nixon said some of the best, most-experienced police officers will be on the street and Missouri National Guard members will be used to protect places like police and fire stations, as well as utility substations.

Nixon asked for “tolerance, mutual respect, and restraint.”

Nixon also noted that he doesn’t know the grand jury’s decision.

Read the full transcript of Nixon’s prepared remarks

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley asked people to think with their heads and not with emotion, as they react to the decision. He said, “It is not a time to turn on each other, but to turn to each other.”

Dooley added he personally believes people in the community will do what’s right and remain focused on long-term, systemic change in the community.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said police will continue to protect the right of protesters to peacefully assemble and speak their minds, but violence and damaging property will not be allowed.

Missouri Department of Public Safety Director and former St. Louis police chief Dan Isom also took the podium Monday evening and pleaded for peace on all sides.

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