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FERGUSON, Mo. (PIX11) — The wait is nearly over after months of tension — the jury has made a decision and residents, protesters and authorities are waiting to find out if Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be indicted in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
The prosecutor’s office has set up a press conference for 9 p.m. ET to deliver the decision.
Ahead of the announcement, tensions were already high in Ferguson. Protesters were stopping cars outside Ferguson’s police station , chanting “indict that cop,” CNN reported.
Wilson shot Brown, 18, multiple times during a traffic stop Aug. 9, killing him. The shooting ignited an angry crowd of witnesses and bystanders. According to an investigation by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it took the first homicide detective 90 minutes to arrive.
The death of Michael Brown sparked weeks of protests — often marked by violent clashes with police and destruction of property.
“Well, someone asked me months ago whether we are segregated in the city,” two-term former Mayor Ryan Fletcher told PIX11 News. “And I had to say we are — but in the way that we tend to do it by choice, by ourselves.”
"We have black churches, we have white churches ... we do this because we're comfortable," Fletcher said. "We don't want to reach out of our comfort zone, and that's what we have to start doing."
So as this community waits to hear whether or not a grand jury will indict Wilson, Fletcher believes the challenges within St. Louis county's transient, apartment-dwelling community is at least partially responsible for the racial tensions that bubbled over in the weeks and months following Brown's death.
"I understand, especially in low income houses, people are barely able to feed and clothe their children, so how do they possibly have time to get on a board or commission? Many of our African Americans say we don't have African American leadership, that we don't have enough black police officers -- and there's a reason for that."
"That's why I feel you don't necessarily have to have African American police officers, because they should be able to interact regardless of their race."
"We feel like we're not being treated fairly," one protester told PIX 11 "When we're pulled over for a minor traffic stop, we may have to pay $300-400, maybe even more. They rip you to shreds when you walk out of there."
"This town has never seen anything like this." St. Louis county native and public relations executive John Parker says.
Parker says Ferguson will learn from its inexperience in the national spotlight, and hopefully become a blueprint for how to mend a racially divided community after the protests.
Earlier Monday night, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay sought to allay fears, assuring that protesters would be allowed to march in peace, but a line would be drawn in the event of property damage.
"St. Louis finds itself with an opportunity to show the nation the ways in which a community can be more fair and more just for everyone. We must seize this opportunity together," Slay said.