LAPD, SoCal Activists Call for Peaceful Response to Jury’s Decision on Ferguson Shooting

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Police officers stand their ground as a protester waves the American flag along West Florissant Avenue during a demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri, on Nov. 22, 2014. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

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Los Angeles police declared a citywide tactical alert Monday afternoon, freeing up more officers and resources in anticipation of potential demonstrations stemming from a Missouri grand jury’s decision whether to indict a white police officer who fatally shot a black teenager.

The decision allows the department to hold officers over from an earlier shift, effectively doubling the usual number of personnel available.

With authorities in Ferguson, Mo., expected to announce Monday evening the grand jury’s decision involving the shooting of Michael Brown, some demonstrators had already gathered in South L.A.’s Leimert Park by the early afternoon.

Los Angeles police officials and community leaders repeated their pleas for peaceful demonstrations Monday in anticipation of a decision from a Missouri grand jury about whether to indict a white police officer who fatally shot a black teenager.

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