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Announcement expected today on Ferguson Grand Jury, sources say

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(NBC News) - A Missouri prosecutor will make an announcement Monday about the grand jury considering whether to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson in August, sources told NBC News.

It was not clear what the announcement would be.

The grand jury has been weighing evidence for three months. It was given a range of criminal charges to consider, from first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter, and also had the option of not indicting the officer.

Wilson, 28, shot Brown, 18, during a confrontation on the afternoon of Aug. 9. In the days that followed, Ferguson, a once-obscure St. Louis suburb, was rocked by clashes between demonstrators and police with military-style equipment.

Ahead of the grand jury decision, Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the Missouri National Guard. Authorities and lawyers for the Brown family encouraged both police and protesters to maintain calm. Nixon planned to be in St. Louis on Monday, a spokesman said.

As they have awaited a decision, businesses have boarded their windows, and some schools have canceled class early for the Thanksgiving break. Authorities, including local police, have set up layers of plans.

The grand jury is composed of six white men, three white women, two black women and one black man, selected at random from St. Louis County, which is about 70 percent white. Ferguson, a city of 21,000 people, is about two-thirds black. It takes nine of 12 votes to indict.

The Justice Department is conducting a separate civil rights investigation, including a review of the overall practices of the Ferguson police.

Wilson has not appeared in public since the shooting.
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