Grand Jury Decision Sparks Unrest In Ferguson, Nationwide Demonstrations

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Police in Ferguson, Missouri, are preparing for another night of protests and demonstrations following a decision by a grand jury not to indict a white police officer for the shooting death of Michael Brown.

The decision triggered a wave of violence and looting last night as protesters set dozens of cars and buildings ablaze. As the violence spilled over into nearby St. Louis, the governor of Missouri ordered the deployment of National Guard troops.

Last night's announcement prompted demonstrations of solidarity in more than 120 cities and towns in 37 states nationwide. In front of the State House in Boston last night, about 200 people gathered, and another demonstration is scheduled for tonight outside the police station in Dudley Square.

Meanwhile, a former federal judge says she's not surprised that the grand jury decided not to indict, and she explains why.

WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer and Anthony Brooks get the latest on Ferguson.


Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, from the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain.

Rev. Jeffrey Brown, from the Twelfth Baptist Church in Dudley Square, Roxbury.

Nancy Gertner, Harvard Law School professor and former Massachusetts federal judge. You can find her article here.

This segment aired on November 25, 2014.

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