Any day now, a St. Louis County, Missouri, grand jury is expected to render its decision on whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Mike Brown. Some reports have suggested that an announcement is coming Monday, but nobody except the grand jury really knows when the decision will be handed down since the proceedings are secret.
There have been leaks in the case, including, over the weekend, newly released audio and video recordings of the Aug. 9 incident. It was also revealed last week that Dr. Michael Baden, a forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy for the Brown family, testified before the grand jury late last week and was the last witness to testify.
In late October, Anonymous, the “hacktivist” collective, fueled speculation that no indictment would be handed down against Wilson, citing “reliable confidential sources.”
LEAKED: Based on 2 reliable confidential sources we now confirm an imminent announcement that the Grand Jury will NOT indict Darren Wilson.
â€” Operation Ferguson (@OpFerguson) October 27, 2014
But it should be noted that the group has been inaccurate on Ferguson matters before: Anonymous falsely named another officer as being the cop who shot Brown, 18, in a case that inflamed racial tensions in Ferguson.
Want to know when the grand jury has made its decision? Two activists in Ferguson have set up a website where you can submit your phone number and receive a text alert moments after the announcement is made. You can access the website here. Your number will be deleted on Jan. 7, according to the activists.
The people behind the Ferguson grand jury text alerts have also devised a checklist of materials needed “in preparation for a no-indictment decision.” “For nearly 100 days, we have protested to demand an indictment,” the organizers wrote. “We are hopeful that Darren Wilson will be indicted for murder, but the recent signs do not seem that this outcome is unlikely.”
The protester action kit includes medical supplies, shatter-proof goggles and a jail support number, which activists advised should be “written on your body with permanent marker.” They also asked for signs, wooden shields and gas masks to protect demonstrators from possible tear gas and rubber bullets fired by authorities.