ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton returned to St. Louis Friday to renew calls for the federal prosecution of a white police officer who shot and killed a black 18-year-old in the nearby suburb of Ferguson.
A St. Louis County grand jury’s deliberations about whether to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown’s killing are expected to be complete by mid-November. The U.S. Justice Department is also investigating whether Wilson violated Brown’s civil rights and conducting a broad investigation of police in Ferguson and the St. Louis area.
Sharpton returned to New York after meeting with Brown’s parents and local activists. He’s scheduled to again join Brown’s parents Monday at a get-out-the-vote rally in St. Louis.
Sharpton’s breakfast speech was followed by a training of volunteer “justice disciples” to monitor the police response to anticipated protests over the upcoming grand jury decision.