The race and gender of the St. Louis Grand Jury who will decide if an indictment should be handed down in the Michael Brown shooting case has been revealed. The panel of 12 jurors will be made up of 9 white members and 3 black, the St. Louis County Circuit Court disclosed on Friday.
One black man, two black women, six white men and three white women will decide whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be charged in the shooting death of Brown, an unarmed black teenager.
According to the Post-Dispatch, the the demographics roughly reflect the population of St. Louis, which is 64 white and 24 percent black.
Brown’s death has sparked a national controversy and daily protests in the town of Ferguson, MO. Wilson has thus far not been charged with any crime, while calls by Ferguson residents for state Governor Jay Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor to the case has gone unheeded.
The FBI has opened its own parallel civil rights investigation.