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Missouri governor calls for peace ahead of Ferguson verdict

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for peace in a news conference Monday evening ahead of the grand jury's verdict on whether they will indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

"Our shared hope and expectation is that regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint," Nixon said.

The governor spoke alongside St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, and Director of Missouri Department of Public Safety Dan Isom.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch will announce the grand jury's verdict Monday at 9 p.m. EST. The National Guard will be on hand. Ferguson schools have already announced they'll close Tuesday, according to The New York Times.