Monday, November 24, 2014

Uncertainty Upends Lives as Ferguson Awaits Grand Jury Decision

FERGUSON, Mo. — At Spencer’s Bakery near the barricaded police station here, there have been fewer Thanksgiving orders, including for pumpkin pie.
Across the region, school administrators are debating whether to start their holiday recesses early because of the potential for unrest.
And in Clayton, the affluent hub of the St. Louis County justice system, guests at the Crowne Plaza hotel coped with heightened security precautions: restricted access to the building, and the shuttering of the restaurant that faces the street and the courthouse. The breakfast buffet was relegated to an out-of-the-way ballroom.
The Thanksgiving season — and for many, life itself — is in limbo in this region as people wait to learn whether a grand jury will indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.

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