With all signs pointing to the likelihood that Officer Darren Wilson will be acquitted for the shooting of Michael Brown, will the dismissal of the case prompt a new wave of rioting and looting in Ferguson, Missouri?
The official autopsy on Michael Brown, the teen killed by Ferguson police office Darren Wilson on August 9, shows that Brown was shot at close range during “a significant altercation at the car,” suggesting that there was a struggle between the two and that Wilson did not shoot Brown from a distance, as some eyewitnesses claimed.
Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco, said the autopsy results supported the notion that Brown was reaching for Wilson’s gun when the shots were fired.
Protesters in Ferguson have already indicated that should Wilson walk free, a fresh wave of unrest will hit the town.
“If there is not an indictment, excuse my French, all hell is going to break loose,” one protester told CNN.
A CBS report also confirms that state authorities are expecting riots if Officer Wilson is not convicted for the shooting.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles expressed his concern that the disorder could also spread to other areas of the country, telling Reuters that “the unrest is going to be far beyond the city of Ferguson” if Wilson is not indicted.
A reporter with the Daily Kos also revealed how he was told by a source within the Missouri military that troops are being prepared to deal with riots in Ferguson and St. Louis in response to Wilson’s acquittal.
Shaun King, who has over 75,000 followers on Twitter, said he had been told some “incredibly disturbing information” by a Missouri military source about how in a meeting with military commanders his unit “was told they needed to prepare for riots in Ferguson & St. Louis very soon.”