The National Guard will be ready to assist law enforcement in Missouri if unrest erupts after a grand jury announces whether to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday.
The St. Louis area remains on edge as it awaits the grand jury decision on whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should face charges in the Aug. 9, 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown, 18. A decision is expected in the coming weeks. Darren Wilson, who is white, shot Michael Brown six times in a confrontation on a street in Ferguson, according to a preliminary private autopsy.