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Missouri Government Jay Nixon has called up the national guard and declared a state of emergency in anticipation of possible civil unrest in the event that officer Darren Wilson is not indicted by a grand jury for the shooting death of Michael Brown. The FBI has said a not guilt verdict by the grand jury will likely lead to violence by protesters.

The FBI said violent protesters will “infiltrate” demonstrations and also said groups like Anonymous could cause trouble. The “agitators” plan to use the demonstrations to launch violent attacks on law enforcement, or so says the FBI.

The expectation in Missouri and elsewhere appears to be that Wilson not be indicted by the grand jury, but no one can say for sure. In the event Wilson gets off after shooting and killing an unarmed man – allegedly with his hands up – there is little doubt that people will take to the streets in Ferguson.

Within hours of the FBI issuing its bulletin, some police departments across the country issued their own internal memos urging officers to review procedures and protocols for responding to mass demonstrations. Still, the bulletin’s conclusions were blunt: “The FBI assesses those infiltrating and exploiting otherwise legitimate public demonstrations with the intent to incite and engage in violence could be armed with bladed weapons or firearms, equipped with tactical gear/gas masks, or bulletproof vests to mitigate law enforcement measures.”

The bulletin cites a series of recent messages threatening law enforcement, including a message posted online last week by a black separatist group that offered “a $5,000 bounty for the location” of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who fired the shots that killed Brown on Aug. 9.In interviews with ABC News, police officials said their departments have identified a number of agitators who routinely appear at mass demonstrations.

While there surely are people trying to exploit the Ferguson protests to promote their own agendas, this public announcement by the FBI will serve little practical policing purpose. But it will help rationalize the use of military force in Ferguson, now local authorities can cite the FBI for why they needed to deploy overwhelming force – it was to protect the protesters from the agitators.

Hopefully there will not be further violence in Ferguson by police or others regardless of the verdict. The grand jury announcement is expected soon, possibly this week.

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Missouri Government Jay Nixon has called up the national guard and declared a state of emergency in anticipation of possible civil unrest in the event that officer Darren Wilson is not indicted by a grand jury for the shooting death of Michael Brown. The FBI has said a not guilt verdict by the grand jury will likely lead to violence by protesters.

The FBI said violent protesters will “infiltrate” demonstrations and also said groups like Anonymous could cause trouble. The “agitators” plan to use the demonstrations to launch violent attacks on law enforcement, or so says the FBI.

The expectation in Missouri and elsewhere appears to be that Wilson not be indicted by the grand jury, but no one can say for sure. In the event Wilson gets off after shooting and killing an unarmed man – allegedly with his hands up – there is little doubt that people will take to the streets in Ferguson.

Within hours of the FBI issuing its bulletin, some police departments across the country issued their own internal memos urging officers to review procedures and protocols for responding to mass demonstrations. Still, the bulletin’s conclusions were blunt: “The FBI assesses those infiltrating and exploiting otherwise legitimate public demonstrations with the intent to incite and engage in violence could be armed with bladed weapons or firearms, equipped with tactical gear/gas masks, or bulletproof vests to mitigate law enforcement measures.”

The bulletin cites a series of recent messages threatening law enforcement, including a message posted online last week by a black separatist group that offered “a $5,000 bounty for the location” of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who fired the shots that killed Brown on Aug. 9.In interviews with ABC News, police officials said their departments have identified a number of agitators who routinely appear at mass demonstrations.

While there surely are people trying to exploit the Ferguson protests to promote their own agendas, this public announcement by the FBI will serve little practical policing purpose. But it will help rationalize the use of military force in Ferguson, now local authorities can cite the FBI for why they needed to deploy overwhelming force – it was to protect the protesters from the agitators.

Hopefully there will not be further violence in Ferguson by police or others regardless of the verdict. The grand jury announcement is expected soon, possibly this week.

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