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Ferguson - What's the Verdict

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CLAYTON, Mo./FERGUSON, Mo. - Missouri officials plan to announce a grand jury's decision on whether to criminally charge a white police officer in the August fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson at 8 p.m. local time (0200 GMT) on Monday, authorities said.

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, a resident of a predominantly black city with a white-dominated power structure, sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb and has become a flashpoint for strained U.S. race relations.

Activists in Ferguson and around the United States have been preparing for the grand jury's decision for weeks.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's office plans to announce the finding in Clayton, Missouri, where the grand jury met, spokesman Ed Magee said.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has called up the National Guard and local officials have been planning a massive police presence to quell any potential violence, particularly if officer Darren Wilson is not indicted in the Aug. 9 shooting.

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Nixon plans to make a public plea for peace at 5:30 p.m. local time (2330 GMT) in remarks at the University of St. Louis, a spokesman said.

The grand jury, with nine white and three black members, has been meeting since late August, and has heard evidence including witnesses called by the prosecution as well as a private pathologist hired by the Brown family to review the shooting. Nine jurors need to agree to bring charges.

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