A decision on whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson is expected by the end of the month. While the post-shooting violence was mostly centered on a couple of blocks in Ferguson, Missouri in August, there is some concern of more widespread activity once the grand jury decision is made public. Area police departments are getting ready in case that would happen.
Alton Police Chief Jason Simmons says while the right to peacefully protest must be protected, violence will not be tolerated.
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He says 57 officers have been going through extensive training on First Amendment rights and civil disturbance response. Protests, looting and violence in Ferguson made national and international news following the shooting death of an 18-year-old by a police officer on August 9. Days of unrest included violent clashes between police and civilians, looting, and the burning of a convenience store.