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November 24th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Ferguson activist: We are ready and organized, whatever the grand jury decision

(CNN) – Ferguson, Missouri, is awaiting the announcement of a grand jury decision on whether Officer Darren Wilson will be charged in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

In the meantime, the community is preparing for protests.

"We are ready, we're organized, with an organized response – whatever the outcome may be with this announcement," said Ashley Yates, activist and co-creator of Millenial Activists United.

A St. Louis County police officer told CNN that the problem was not the people of Ferguson, and not even generally the people of St. Louis. Mostly, it is outsiders from other cities and states coming in and using the opportunity of the protests to cause violence, vandalize, and loot.

Yates said the problem is the preemptive response from police.

"The police are making it very clear that they're mounting with weaponry against people who are only expecting to exercise their first amendment rights," she said.

"I definitely challenge the notion that the problem is people that are coming outside to stand with the community and say, no more, not one more person can you kill, not one more person can you not be held accountable for under the system you are supposed to be enforcing," said Yates.

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