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Ferguson Verdict Reached: Officer Darren Wilson Not Indicted In Death Of Michael Brown; Rioting, Looting Ensues

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After more than 100 days of protests, a federal grand jury has determined Darren Wilson's fate.

18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by the Ferguson police officer during an altercation on August 9. Police claim that Brown reached for Wilson's weapon, while Brown's family and several witnesses claim Wilson shot Brown while he was raising his hands to surrender.

The grand jury — consisting of nine white jurors and three black jurors — decided by majority NOT to indict Officer Wilson after deliberating for two days. The jury could have charged Wilson with first degree murder, second degree murder, manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter.

After being informed of the decision by authorities, Brown's family attorney Benjamin Crump released the news shortly before the official announcement:

"The jury was not inclined to indict on any charges.”

At 9:22 p.m. ET, county prosecutor Robert McCulloch confirmed the verdict in a televised press conference:

"No probable cause existed to charge Officer Wilson."

In a statement, Brown's family said they were "profoundly disappointed" by the decision but asked for peaceful protest. Unfortunately, that did not happen.

After the verdict was made public, some demonstrators threw bricks, bottles, and rocks. Several police cars were destroyed in the aftermath. Police have employed tear gas and bean bags against some demonstrators. There have also been confirmed reports of looting and destruction of property.

Non-violent protests have also taken place in New York City, Los Angeles, and Oakland.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, who declared a state of emergency last week in anticipation of civil unrest, addressed the public shortly before the verdict:

"Our shared hope and expectation is that regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect, and restraint. Together, we are all focused on making sure the necessary resources are on hand to protect lives, protect property, and protect free speech."

Nixon's words echoed those of President Obama, who on Sunday called for calm and asked citizens to "keep protests peaceful." A number of local schools were also closed in anticipation of the verdict and will be closed Tuesday.

This story is developing…

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16 comments to “Ferguson Verdict Reached: Officer Darren Wilson Not Indicted In Death Of Michael Brown; Rioting, Looting Ensues”

  1. sayswho says – reply to this


    I am listening to this now-this very second- so how can this be published and having a crowd reaction?

  2. Fitzzz says – reply to this


    The right decision, Brown was a thug, he attacked a much smaller man who tried to stop him from stealing, he was high on drugs, and he has a history of other crimes
    But none of theses facts seem to matter to the likes of Al Sharpton

  3. Mskhill says – reply to this


    Totally unfortunate there was no justice for this young man. Although the world knew the verdict before they announced. Trayvon Martin case is no different

  4. Justice says – reply to this


    Re: Fitzzz – You're a moron. Mike Brown's body was found yards away from where the cops originally said he was. Wilson also had no knowledge of Mike Brown's robbery at the time. He murdered Mike Brown as he ran away.

  5. p says – reply to this


    Re: Fitzzz – you are a dumbass ..you are probably some dumb white person like stfu if it was a black cop who did the same shits I bet you you wouldn't be saying this

  6. Vengence says – reply to this


    Re: p – All of you using this decision to tear up a town ought to be rounded up, packed into semi trailers, dumped in a stadium, and shot by machine gunners. You are traitors to America and disgusting wretches that do not deserve to live in our great land. Or live at all. I hope the national guard takes a while bunch of you out as your 'protest' continues. The stadium thing is fantasy but a 100 or so more Michael Browns dead in the street could happen!! Very cool. Go fuck yourselves.

  7. annieoo says – reply to this


    Read up on the facts. Read the police reports. Read what the eye witnesses show . Good God.

  8. 8

    Re: Justice – You don't know what you are talking about. Did you not see the news or is your mind so made up you can't hear the truth?

  9. liddyrose says – reply to this


    Watch the Ferguson protester’s live stream at

  10. seriously says – reply to this


    Who slams a cops door shut and then grabs his gun? Can you picture yourself doing that? Give me a break

  11. MichJB says – reply to this


    So the reaction to not getting your way is to riot, loot and burn other people's property and assault innocent people ? No wonder no one takes you seriously when you are arguing for justice. You have no concept of the word.

  12. 12

    How to get away with murder! JMO!

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  13. tjpm says – reply to this


    it pains me to tears every time i see these things happening all over the world, it just goes to show you the state of our societies. As we pull religious believes away from schools our society becomes a fearless, a “save yourself” society at all cost. We have been decaying over the years and it does not seem to be getting better. I see no way out but to work with children from early stages in their lives. I don’t blame the cops or our children; our system is just not working. My heart goes to the mourning parents; no one should bury a child, its just heart breaking.

  14. johnathan johnson says – reply to this


    Protesting, looting, and burning property in honor of a violent thief who attacked the police: WHO ARE THE REAL TURKEYS' THIS THANKSGIVING!!!!

  15. paula says – reply to this


    Ithink all this violence is wrong, what about that poor home less guy that the police beat to death for no reason, among many others, did we go burn and riot our cities, no we didn't, we just cant take what happens in life in our own hands,what would this world become, this boy brought this on his self, thinks he can steal and get away with it, thinks he can attach a police officer, wrong, didn't his mother teach him better than that,there life is on the line every minute that's why we have police to serve and protect, and one that goes after a police should know its not going to come out right espically going for his gun, I don't care if your white, black , Mexican ect. he has every right to protect his self, they face crazy people every day that don't give a shit, the police life is on the line every minute there on call. This happens in every race, I really fill bad for the family, but you just don't go and destroy and burn down your town, that's all those people were waiting for was the word from that step dad BURN IT DOWN and thats what these fools did. That's why our world is coming to an end cause of people like you all, look at all these people that are hurt that lost there job and business, I could go on but im wasting my time, just plain stupidy, go on just keep f—king up your town you have to live there not me, its not going to solve any thing. wake up

  16. poosie says – reply to this


    When the police break the law there are no laws. Apparently protesting and leading to rioting is end result of failing legal.system Left to wake em up!