Law enforcement officials had more than three months from the August shooting death of Michael Brown to Monday’s reveal of the grand jury decision to prepare for protests.
Yet many of the tactics used by Missouri prosecutors and police — from scheduling the announcement at night to not deploying National Guard troops — puzzled experts and are being questioned by residents in the wake of destructive protests in Ferguson that appeared to spiral out of control.
“They said they had a plan. They said they were going to protect our businesses and community,” said Rob White, pastor of Peace of Mind Church and a protest organizer. “That plan failed miserably.”