Monday afternoon, Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency ahead of the grand jury decision to indict Darren Wilson. But activists and civil rights groups believe the measure is premature and actually fuels the fire in Ferguson.
But civil rights organizations like the NAACP argue that the declaration quells free speech, and is actually fueling tensions ahead of the jury’s verdict. “Governor Nixon’s decision to declare a state of emergency without evidence of violence or danger only threatens to stir up tensions and denigrate the peaceful efforts of countless non-violent activists. We at the NAACP will work tirelessly to ensure that the civil rights of the demonstrators are upheld. And finally, we commend as well as stand with those practitioners of democracy who have stood strong for over 100 days.”