As was expected, Darren Wilson, an officer who shot and killed a Black teenager, Mike Brown has been left to walk free.
“A St. Louis County grand jury has decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown Monday night. The jury, made up of nine whites and three Blacks, first convened in August to hear evidence in the case and heard from Wilson, who gave testimony to the jury in September.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said there was “no probable cause” to charge Wilson during a press conference at the downtown courthouse of Clayton, Missouri, located less than 10 miles from Ferguson.
Hundreds gathered outside of the Ferguson police department for hours awaiting the announcement that has been anticipated by many in the city and nationally for several weeks.
“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions,” the family of Brown said in a statement following the grand jury decision, Fox 2 Illinois reports. Earlier Monday, the family called for four and a half minutes of silence following the announcement.
“We need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make,” President Obama said on Monday night. “There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply upset, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction. But I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully.”
Before the decision, Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri and activated the National Guard on Nov. 17. He also stated that the Missouri State Highway Patrol would work with the St. Louis County Police Department and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as “Unifed Command.” This order was signed to “protect civil rights and ensure public safety in the City of Ferguson and the St. Louis region,” his statement reads. Michael Brown Sr. urged protesters to remain calm after the grand jury’s decision.”
Citizens are apparently currently rioting in Ferguson and many all over America have taken to the streets and are currently marching in protest. Police officers have also allegedly started teargassing bystanders in certain areas and the world is watching as the story unfolds.