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Ferguson Protesters Train for 'Direct Action' Ahead of Decision

Image: Tense Ferguson, Missouri Awaits Grand Jury Findings In Shooting Of Michael Brown
Demonstrators receive "direct action" training as they prepare for the announcement of the grand jury decision regarding the death of Michael Brown, in the basement of Greater St. Mark's church on November 11, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. Scott Olson / Getty Images

Demonstrators preparing for the announcement of a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting case gathered in a St. Louis church Tuesday for what was described as "direct action" training.

The session in the basement of Greater St. Mark's church included instruction on techniques for peaceful civil disobedience as well as how to take notes and shoot video of police actions. One of its organizers was Lisa Fithian, a veteran of Occupy Wall Street demonstrations who was dubbed "Professor Occupy" in a 2012 magazine profile. "There is a significant effort to make sure that people's rights are protected and that there's no violence on either side," said Andy Stepanian, a spokesman for several protest groups. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told a press conference Tuesday that "violence will not be tolerated" in the wake of the grand jury's decision, which is expected sometime in November.

Image: Tense Ferguson, Missouri Awaits Grand Jury Findings In Shooting Of Michael Brown
Lisa Fithian offers demonstrators "direct action" training as they prepare for the announcement of the grand jury decision regarding the death of Michael Brown in the basement of Greater St. Mark's church in St. Louis. Scott Olson / Getty Images

— The Associated Press and Getty Images contributed to this report