BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans sent a message to area college and university students Thursday asking that any demonstrations that arise from the grand jury’s decision on a Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teen be responsible and peaceful.

A grand jury is expected to decide in coming days whether the officer, Darren Wilson, will face criminal charges for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.

READ MORE: How To Get An Appointment When COVID Vaccines Open For Mass. Residents 16+

“We are asking students to be mindful that there may be outside agitators trying to provoke and instigate otherwise peaceful protests,” Evans wrote on the department’s Facebook page.

READ MORE: Vehicle Inspections Will Resume At Most Massachusetts Locations Saturday

“I ask that if public demonstrations occur as a result of the decision they are done with respect to our neighbors and businesses, responsibly and peacefully.”

Should students decide to demonstrate, Evans urged they to “do so in a way that would make your school, your family, and your city proud.”

MORE NEWS: Pet Spa, Food Locker Among Amenities Added To Apartment Buildings During Pandemic

MORE LOCAL NEWS FROM CBS BOSTON
[display-posts category=”local” wrapper=”ul” posts_per_page=”4?”]