Command post set up ahead of grand jury decision, Protests lead to crash, arrests

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JENNINGS, MO (KTVI)-Decision day is nearing for grand jurors in the Michael Brown shooting case and now a command post is being set up to handle what happens next. The location is just blocks away from where much of the unrest took place in August following the teenager’s death after being shot by a Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson.

The location is a shopping center parking lot in Jennings. The same lot was home to police and National Guard troops late in the summer and more of the same is expected as they prepare for a grand jury decision that could come at any time.

That decision will decide whether Officer Wilson will be charged in the death.

No matter what the decision is, calls for calm are coming from every corner, from Michael Brown’s family all the way to the White House. President Obama told ABC that people should have the right to be heard, but there will be “no excuse for violence.”

Back closer to home, the Jennings school district has been the first to cancel classes for next week in conjunction with the grand jury's expected announcement. The Ferguson-Florissant school district hasn't yet made any announcement regarding classes.

The FBI has sent 100 agents to the St. Louis area to assist when the announcement is made.

On Friday night, protesters gathered outside the Ferguson police department, blocking traffic in South Florissant. Police tried to disperse the crowd, but many didn’t move until rain moved into the area.

More protesters gathered near the scene of Michael Brown’s death around 9:30pm. A group of more than 100 demonstrators moved to the intersection of West Florissant and Canfield and had completely blocked traffic on West Florissant.  During this demonstration, a motorist on West Florissant lost control of their vehicle and crashed into a light pole at the intersection.

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A little after 11:00pm, protestors moved back to the Ferguson Police station. They moved back into the street and again blocked traffic on South Florissant.  Officers again began making announcements to clear the street. Three subjects were taken into custody when they refused.

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