L.A. is on Tactical Alert Ahead of Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

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The epicenter of Ferguson, Missouri is 1,833 miles away from that of Los Angeles, but given our city’s own history with racial unrest and police protests, it feels much closer tonight. In moments, a grand jury is expected to reveal if it has decided to indict Darren Wilson, a white officer, in the August shooting death of Michael Brown, a black teenager, in the 24th state. Already, Los Angeles police have declared a tactical alert, meaning more resources are on hand in case demonstrations—or violence—break out in response here. According to the Los Angeles Times, about 50 people have gathered in Leimert Park in South Los Angeles awaiting word from Missouri. Police Chief Charlie Beck meanwhile encouraged Angelenos to take the news—whatever it may be—in stride, tweeting, “#ProtestinPeace- and show the Nation the City of Angels stands united for the Freedom of Speech for All.”

UPDATE: The grand jury has declined to indict Darren Wilson.