Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Tuesday that he would create the “Ferguson Commission,” which will work to address inequality in the state, more than 70 days after Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Nearly every day since the shooting, protesters have gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department demanding Wilson’s indictment, CNN reported.
“Legitimate issues have been raised by thoughtful voices on all sides. Shouting past one another will not move us to where we need to go,” said Nixon at a press conference announcing the commission that would address. “Difficult conversations that for far too long have been avoided or ignored.”
However, many believe the commission is not enough to end the daily demonstrations where protesters repeatedly call for Officer Wilson’s immediate indictment.
"If there is not an indictment, excuse my French, all hell is going to break loose,” one protester told CNN.
New developments in Brown’s case were leaked last week causing a new wave of anger at protests. Brown’s blood was found in Wilson’s police car, on his gun and on his uniform, according to CNN. According to CNN’s legal analyst Danny Cevallos, blood in the vehicle could corroborate Wilson’s statement. Last week, Wilson told the New York Times that he feared for his life during his encounter with Brown.
Brown was unarmed at the scene of the altercation and a private autopsy showed that he had been shot at least six times. Two bullet wounds were in his head, CNN reported.
"Ultimately, that officer will have to come up with justification not for firing his gun the first time, but for each and every bullet that came out of his firearm -- whether at the car or away from the car," Cevallos told CNN.
That lack of justification has refueled demonstrators who, despite Nixon’s commitment to see protests result in “lasting change,” continue to face law enforcement crackdown. Since the protests broke out dozens of demonstrators have been arrested. On Monday, Ferguson police arrested Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed and one other protester for blocking a road.