INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – No major protests were expected in Indianapolis following the grand jury’s announcement in Ferguson, Missouri.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said they are monitoring the situation.
Late Monday night, Indiana Black Expo President & CEO Tanya Bell sent out a statement regarding the grand jury’s decision.
“Today’s decision by the grand jury not to charge Officer Darren Wilson further adds to the pain and disappointment. Unlike the grand jury, we do not have the evidence before us to know whether Officer Wilson was justified in his actions. However, we cannot ignore the reality that another white police officer has shot and killed an unarmed Black teenager.”
Reverend Charles Harrison with the Ten Point Coalition also tweeted Monday night, saying “I am not surprised by the grand jury decision. When I was in Ferguson people on the ground did not believe office Wilson would be indicted.”
In a statement from Ten Point Coalition they asked for continued peace and prayer as they look at ways to make sure this tragedy doesn’t happen again.
“We encourage the community to honor the wishes of the Brown family and President Barack Obama to be non-violent in their protest and promote peace. We also call on the community to use this tragedy as a catalyst to examine laws, the judicial system, and be change agents to help build a more just society for all.”
Reverend Harrison told 24-Hour News 8 the Ten Point Coalition was prepared for anything on the streets of Indianapolis. About 30 volunteers were on standby to be called out at a moments notice on Monday night.
Harrison also said if things do get out of hand, there are other church groups on standby to help calm the situation.
“Whether it’s one protest or multiple protests, we will be prepared to be at that event to make sure it’s peaceful,” said Reverend Harrison, “Everybody has the right to express their constitutional right of freedom of expression and we encourage that, but what we say is it has to be done in a peaceful way.”
Reverend Harrison said there are going to be people that disagree with the decision. He said they want to make sure their voices are heard, but it’s done in a peaceful manner.
View IBE President Tanya Bell’s full statement below.