On Monday, authorities braced for the worst but hoped for the best ahead of the announcement that a grand jury did not indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August. The shooting touched off weeks-long nationwide protests, and authorities were met with resistance from demonstrators and unruly crowds as they tried to respond to emergencies.
Before the decision not to charge Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown was read Monday, barricades were erected around the courthouse building, and more than 20 Missouri state troopers were seen silently assembling with rifles, 3-foot batons, riot shields and other equipment. Al...
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