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Riots Feared if Ferguson Cop Isn't Charged in Michael Brown Death

Missouri authorities and the FBI are drawing up plans in case of riots if a white police officer isn't indicted in the killing of Michael Brown.

Missouri authorities are drawing up contingency plans and seeking intelligence from U.S. police departments on out-of-state agitators, fearing fresh riots could erupt if a grand jury doesn't indict a white officer in the killing of black teenager Michael Brown, according to people who have attended the planning sessions. The FBI said it was also involved in the discussions.

A grand jury is expected to decide next month whether to bring criminal charges against Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Brown, 18, on Aug. 9. If charges aren't brought, authorities fear an outbreak of violence not just locally but also "far beyond the city of Ferguson," Mayor James Knowles said. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said: "We know outside groups visited us in August. We are expecting that different people will come in from outside the St. Louis area."

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