Without a criminal indictment, Michael Brown's family might have no better legal recourse than to sue local authorities for the African-American teenager's fatal shooting by a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer.
Aiming to head off more looting and rioting, Missouri's governor on Tuesday ordered National Guard reinforcements into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson following overnight violence ignited by the clearing of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon urged people in the St. Louis area to show respect and restraint following a grand jury's decision on whether to criminally charge a white police officer in the August fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Law enforcement officials from three agencies will be on hand to maintain order in and around St. Louis when a grand jury announces whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will face charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Protesters planned to kick off a weekend of demonstrations against police violence with a march on Friday afternoon to the St. Louis County courthouse after eight people were arrested in protests overnight