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Local evangelist reflects on time spent in Ferguson

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Many watched history be made Monday as Ferguson Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury's decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed Michael Brown back in August.

Local Evangelist Brian Merritt sat down with Channel 3 shortly before the decision was announced Monday evening.

He spent five days in Ferguson with the Presbyterian Church shortly after Brown was killed and believes what happened in Ferguson sheds light on a nation-wide problem.

“This is just one of many incidences in our society where people are extra judicially killed by people of power,” he said.

As an evangelist, Merritt has experienced lots of protests on a range of calibers but says the protests in Ferguson are like no other and will be something that goes down in history books.

“The idea that three months later, they're still sustaining daily protests, I think that is one in itself,” he added.

Businesses and law enforcement in Ferguson have spent days preparing for this decision in fear of what possible riots may bring. Merritt believes peace and justice go hand in hand.

“We hear from the governor that justice comes after peace, but that's not biblical. Peace comes after justice,” Merritt said.

The Ferguson National Response Network will hold a response in Chattanooga Tuesday night at 5:30 at Miller Park.
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