The White House is encouraging Ferguson protesters to express views peacefully following Monday night's expected announcement of the grand jury decision. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The White House said on Monday (November 24) President Barack Obama urges anyone protesting the decision of a Missouri grand jury to express their views peacefully, following reports the grand jury has made a decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson. Activist groups have pledged fresh street protests if officer Darren Wilson is not indicted in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, while the state has been planning a massive police presence to quell violence. "He (Obama) cited the words of Mr. Brown's parents who indicated that the proper way to remember and pay tribute to their son's memory is for people to express their views peacefully and that is a viewpoint the President wholeheartedly embraces. And that is a message the President has for people not just in Ferguson but for people in communities all across the country," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. The grand jury decision is expected to be announced on Monday evening.