U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton announced that "he anticipates that there will be" a press conference on Wednesday regarding response to civil unrest.
"It is expected that this conference will involve a broad coalition of elected officials, chiefs of police, clergy members, and community leaders from several communities throughout the Metro-East, who will be on hand to discuss their ongoing efforts in addressing racial harmony and to express their common desire for unity and peace in light of the civil unrest occurring in various communities throughout our area and our nation," states the release from Wigginton's office.
The press conference is expected to take place at 3 p.m. at the Jackie Joyner Kersee Center, 1003 North 25th St. in East St. Louis.
Tension in and around Ferguson, Mo., including the Metro East, has escalated since information from a grand jury investigating the shooting death of Michael Brown began leaking in recent weeks.
The grand jury is considering whether Feguson officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the Aug. 9 shooting.
Leaks have suggested that Wilson will not be indicted. In that event, massive unrest protesting the absence of charges is expected, according to numerous news reports.