Q&A on flashpoint shooting case in US town of Ferguson

Lesley McSpadden, mother of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown who was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri last August, attends a press briefing on November 12, 2014 in GenevaAfter three months of closed-door deliberations, a US grand jury is almost ready to announce whether a police officer should face charges for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. The Missouri town of Ferguson, where rioting broke out after the death of Michael Brown on August 9, is braced for new unrest when the grand jury announces its decision, expected this month. – What is the role of a grand jury? A US grand jury is a kind of investigative body made up of everyday citizens.

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