MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – This week, the FBI sent warnings to law enforcement across the country, alerting them to any potential reaction to a Missouri grand jury verdict.
A St. Louis County grand jury will soon decide if Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is recklessly responsible for the death of 18 year old Michael Brown. Wilson shot Brown multiple times, killing him in August after a verbal confrontation during which the officer told him to stop running.
The FBI warns communities, including ours, to be on guard, depending on the grand jury outcome.
“Our guys are ready, we have a plan. I pray our community will be safe, we know riots are not the solution,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer.
A recent survey by the Washington Times shows 1 in 4 Americans believes Wilson should be charged with Michael Brown’s murder. Another 39 percent say Wilson acted in self defense, 49 percent expect a grand jury will find the officer not guilty. But 81 percent say they expect violent protests if Wilson is not indicted.
Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly has communicated with an FBI spokesperson about the situation. He also said the topic was shared during a sheriffs’ conference this week.
“We hope what happened this year this year allows all of us to train more effectively, interact more effectively, call for renewed effort in community policing to listen more and interact in our communities more,” said Kelly.
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