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article imageGrand Jury clears Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown

By David Silverberg     Nov 24, 2014 in Crime
Ferguson - At 9:30 p.m. ET, a grand jury decided to clear Missouri police officer Darren Wilson over the death of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.
Wilson, who shot Brown on Aug. 9, will not face any indictment over the boy's death.
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced the decision Monday night.
After an "exhaustive review," the jurors deliberated for two days, he said. The grand jurors are "the only ones who have heard all the evidence," CNN reports.
Officials urged calm after announcing the decision. "No matter what is announced, people will be emotional. I want people to think with their heads and not with emotion," said St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. "This is not the time to turn on each other. It is a time to turn to each other."
As the AP notes, a grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence.
The streets of Ferguson are now lined with protesters, as police mobilize to confront the surging crowd. Some Instagram videos are going viral, showing protesters screaming at riot gear-clad police.
So far, there have been no reports of any clashes between protesters and police.
The region has been reacting quickly to the news. Several school districts called off classes for Monday and Tuesday, extending the Thanksgiving break. More than 15 districts cancelled Monday evening activities. Washington University closed a satellite campus in Clayton.
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