Protesters in a Missouri city about 20 minutes outside Ferguson are planning to shut the St. Louis suburb down the first business day after the Michael Brown grand jury announcement, a local news outlet reported.
According to KTVI-TV, a meeting billed as a training session was held Thursday to prepare for the grand jury decision on whether or not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.
Organizers said they plan to have hundreds, if not thousands, of demonstrators arrive in the city of Clayton to protest a possible decision, KTVI reported.
Smaller groups would then separate from the group and move to shut down highway exits, block traffic, and take part in other acts of civil disobedience. According to KTVI, the acts would only last for a few short period of time.
The meetings organizers, however, stressed they wanted to keep the demonstrations non-violent.
“We want the people to know these meetings are about non-violence direct action. Some of it will be people talking people expressing themselves. There’s nothing we’re doing to try to create violence. We don’t want to diminish tension without there being change.” Don’t Shoot Coalition Co-Chair Michael McPhearson told KTVI.
“We don’t want to diminish tension without there being change.”
Local law enforcement has been gearing up in the past couple weeks in preparation of the grand jury announcement.
Courtesy of The Blaze