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November 17th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Brown family lawyer: Gov. Nixon is preparing for war, not peace, in Ferguson

(CNN) – Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Missouri, just declared a state of emergency in the state, calling in the national guard to better prepare for the response to the grand jury decision on whether or not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

But the governor's preemptive move could spur the very response he wants to avoid, says a lawyer for the Brown family.

"He's preparing for war and not necessarily for peace," Gray said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"I only hope that it doesn't generate the reaction that they're looking for, preparing for. Sometimes you can push people into behaving a certain way just by preparing for just that kind of a reaction," he said.

For more of our interview with lawyer Anthony Gray, check out the video above.

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