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article imageNo indictment of white cop who shot black teen, protests start

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 24, 2014 in Crime
The Grand Jury in Ferguson released its decision this evening and there will be no indictment of the police officer who shot and killed teen Michael Brown in August. Officer Darren Wilson will not be charged and already violence is breaking out.
The 12-member jury, which was convened in mid-August, days after Brown was shot on Aug. 9, needed but nine to find there was "probable cause" for an indictment and did not get nine, though they didn't release how many, if any, voted for indictment.
St. Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch spoke to media and said that the jury worked "tirelessly" to look at, and look at again, testimony and evidence in the case. He made a statement on the grand jury's decision not to indict.
"Eyewitness accounts must always be challenged and compared against the physical evidence," he said. "Many witnesses to the shooting of Michael Brown made statements inconsistent with other statements they gave, and inconsistent with the physical evidence.
"The duty of the grand jury is to separate fact from fiction."
The family of the deceased teenager released a statement, saying they were "profoundly disappointed" that the "killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions." They asked that those who shared their pain to "channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen."
Brown was shot six times by Officer Wilson. Some witnesses said Brown was backing up from the police car with his hands raised when he was shot. Others said he was moving toward Wilson and had his hands at his side. There appears to have been a struggle at the door or near the police car to begin the tragedy.
Brown and his friend were walking down the middle of a road when Wilson pulled up to get them to move off of the road. That was the beginning of the end of Brown's life and the beginning of another round of civil unrest in the U.S.
The FBI is still investigating the case and could charge Wilson with in some way breaching the civil rights of Brown. There's no timeline on when the FBI will complete their investigation and announce their decision.
Meanwhile, Ferguson is hoping for calm but bracing for any situation that should arise. Already violence has begun in front of the police station in Ferguson, and elsewhere.
The National Guard is there and both Governor Jay Nixon and President Barack Obama have asked protests to remain peaceful.
There are protests in other cities in the U.S. developing as well, including protests in Washington in front of the White House.
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