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Michael Brown's Family Attorney And Al Sharpton Denounce Grand Jury Process And Ferguson Riots

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Al Sharpton speaks at a press conference the day after a grand jury decides not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr.

Michael Brown's family attorneys held a press conference Tuesday, one day after a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of the Ferguson teen.

Attorneys Benjamin Crump and Anthony Gray were joined by civil rights leader Al Sharpton. All three denounced both the process that let Wilson walk free and the prosecutor in the case, Robert McCulloch.

Crump took the podium first, saying:

"We strenuously objected to this prosecutor and this process … This process is broken. The process should be indicted."

Gray was equally critical of the grand jury process:

"We want equal process. We want justice."

Gray later asked viewers to "hold out hope" for further investigations, strongly suggesting that the Browns would file a wrongful death civil suit.

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Michael Brown Jr.'s father Michael Sr. — who wore a "No Justice No Peace" t-shirt — was expected to speak, but did not. "He doesn't want to misspeak because of such emotions that are going through him that will later be held against him," Crump explained.

The night before, Brown's stepfather Louis Head incited rioters by standing atop a car and shouting, "Burn this bitch down." Over a dozen local properties were looted, vandalized, or destroyed after the grand jury's decision was made public by McCulloch. Al Sharpton addressed the violence, which he called "destructive":

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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.

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