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11/24/2014 06:48 pm ET Updated Nov 28, 2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Appeals For Calm Ahead Of Darren Wilson Grand Jury Announcement

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) appealed for peace on Monday, hours before the expected announcement of a grand jury's decision whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown to death.

Nixon said he and other elected officials were asking that "regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint."

"Together we are all focused on making sure the necessary resources are at hand to protect lives, protect property, and protect free speech," he said. Nixon and the officials he appeared with said they had not been told the grand jury's decision.

In a nod to the intense feelings the case has has generated, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay predicted that "whatever is announced this evening, some people are going to be angry and frustrated."

"Like last night, we will give you leeway to occupy public safety and we will listen to your grievances, but turning violent or damaging property will not be tolerated," said Slay.

Nixon said state and local law enforcement are working together to "make sure the best, most experienced officers are on the street." He said officials, including state Director of Public Safety Dan Isom, are in "ongoing discussions" with protest leaders to ensure peace.

Nixon held the press conference with Slay to discuss preparations for protests that may follow the grand jury's conclusion. Protests in the first days after Brown's death erupted into the burning of one building, nightly mass arrests and intense confrontations with law enforcement.

Protests this month have remained calm, despite occasional arrests. Both Brown's father and mother have pleaded for peace no matter what the grand jury decides.

The governor declared a pre-emptive state of emergency on Nov. 17 and activated the Missouri National Guard. Some observers said Nixon has struggled to appear in control of authorities' response to outrage over Brown's death. Asked by The Huffington Post last week whether the buck ultimately stopped with him when it came to policing any protests, Nixon was unable to deliver a straight answer.

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11/30/2014 3:28 PM EST

Wilson Resigned Over Safety Concerns, Lawyer Says

Reuters reports:

he white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer, resigned from the force without any severance deal, the mayor of the St. Louis suburb said on Sunday.

The officer, Darren Wilson, announced his resignation late Saturday, saying he feared for his own safety and that of his fellow police officers after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Read more here.

11/30/2014 7:27 AM EST

10 People Arrested During Portland's Ferguson Protest

PORTLAND, Ore (AP) — Authorities say 10 people have been arrested in Portland during a protest related to the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting.

The city police bureau says the arrests came Saturday night "after a large group of protesters laid down in the street and refused lawful orders to clear the roadway."

Earlier, the gathering over the Missouri shooting death of a black man by a white police officer included a speech by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

The Oregonian reports that Jackson urged nonviolence and said the resignation of the officer was "a step in the right direction," but that much remained to be done to achieve justice for the victim.

Police say that after Jackson left, some protesters marched around downtown and sporadically disrupted traffic.

Officials say some bottles were thrown at officers and a police car was damaged.

The nine adults and one juvenile arrested will face charges that include disorderly conduct.

11/29/2014 10:15 PM EST

Flag Burning

11/29/2014 10:01 PM EST

Large Police Presence

11/29/2014 9:42 PM EST

Saturday Night Protest In Ferguson

11/29/2014 9:26 PM EST

Armed 'Oath Keepers' Plan To Protest

The NYT reports that armed members of the group "Oath Keepers" are in Ferguson to offer their help protecting businesses from damage.

From the NYT:

The volunteers, who are sometimes described as a citizen militia — but do not describe themselves that way — have taken up armed positions on rooftops here on recent nights....

But on Saturday, with the county police said to be threatening the Oath Keepers with arrest, the volunteers decided to abandon their posts and instead protest against the authorities. Late in the day on Saturday, a protest was being planned for that night.

Read more here.

11/29/2014 6:56 PM EST

Darren Wilson Resigns From Ferguson Police Department

Darren Wilson has resigned from Ferguson police department.

Read his resignation letter below, via St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

"I, Darren Wilson, hereby resign my commission as a police officer with the City of Ferguson effective immediately. I have been told that my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk, which is a circumstance that I cannot allow. For obvious reasons, I wanted to wait until the grand jury made their decision before I officially made my decision to resign. It was my hope to continue in police work, but the safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me. It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal. I would like to thank all of my supporters and fellow officers throughout this process."

11/27/2014 12:55 PM EST

Murals In Ferguson

11/27/2014 11:28 AM EST

Ferguson Protests Hit Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Unrest following the Ferguson grand jury's decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson has hit the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Using #StopTheParade as a rallying cry, protesters attempted to disrupt the annual parade in New York City. According to Mashable, police arrested some of the demonstrators just as the parade kicked off.

--Mollie Reilly

11/27/2014 11:19 AM EST

Ferguson Library Stays Open Throughout The Protests

MSNBC's Steve Kornacki reports on Ferguson's public library, which has remained open throughout the protests.

Over 50 volunteers helped staff the library, which provided free lunches to children as schools remained closed. The library also offered help to businesses who suffered damage during the protests following the grand jury's decision.

"We have a dramatic setting right now but it is not different than what libraries do every day," library director Scott Bonner said.

Watch the segment here.

--Mollie Reilly

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