The L.A. Times is warning that the “worst is yet to come” if a grand jury fails to indict white officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing black 18-year-old Michael Brown.
If the grand jury fails to indict the officer who killed Michael Brown, almost everyone here thinks things will get worse.
“They’re not going to be looting next time,” said Kevin Seltzer, 30, who lives at an apartment complex near where Brown, 18, was shot. “They’re going to burn the city down.”
The article highlights recent indications that the city is “far from finding peace,” including continued clashes with officers, the shooting of a police officer on routine patrol this weekend, and the ambush of another officer’s car hours later. These violent encounters followed the city's failure to effectively reach out to the community and the firing of its newly-hired spokesman after revelations that he had been convicted of shooting and killing a man in 2014.
With tension rising, the piece makes clear, the future for Ferguson is dire if the grand jury does not give the people the result they want:
“I would like to see Darren Wilson come to some sort of justice — he needs to be punished,” [college student Samantha] Warren said outside the community center Sunday morning. “I don’t think it will stop until they come to some decision on Darren Wilson.”
Shirley Turner, 53, said she had faith in the system, but feared what those already upset with the police might do if Wilson wasn’t indicted.
“We just have to live day by day, trust in God and pray they don’t tear up the city,” she said. “It’s coming to the last days.”