Months after the fatal shooting of Missouri teenager Michael Brown, a jury verdict on the police officer responsible reveals no criminal charges will be enforced.
A grand jury made the long-awaited announcement Monday (November 24) night on the early August shooting.
A grand jury ruled Officer Darren Wilson should not face any of the five charges possible in the volatile summer shooting case, which ranged from first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter. The announcement was made as the streets began to fill in the St. Louis suburb that has been the epicenter of race and police unrest for months. (Boston Herald)
Check out what the prosecution said about the verdict right here…
The prosecution noted how much evidence played into the decision.
“Their is no question Darren Wilson caused the death of Michael Brown,” said prosecutor Robert McCulloch, who added Wilson also had a right at “self defense” or to act as a law enforcement officer. “The duty of the grand jury is to separate fact from fiction,” McCulloch added in a televised address inside a courthouse in Clayton, Mo. “They are the only people, the only people who have … examined every piece of evidence.” (Boston Herald)
Reports claim Ferguson police came prepared for possible rioting following the verdict’s announcement.
The decision set off a new wave of anger among hundreds who gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department. Police in riot gear stood in a line as demonstrators chanted and threw signs and other objects toward them as the news spread. One woman said: “The system failed us again.” (New York Times)
Instead of promoting protest or expressing anger, Michael’s father asked for peace in a video released last week.
“My family and I are hurting. Our whole region is hurting. I thank you for lifting your voices to interracial profiling and police intimidation. But hurting others or destroying property is not the answer,” he said. “No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son’s death to be in vain. I want it to lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone. We live here together. This is our home. We are strongly united. Continue to lift your voices with us and let’s work together to heal and create lasting change for all people regardless of race.” (NBC News)