Officer Darren Wilson Will Not Be Charged by Grand Jury for Michael Brown’s Death
The Ferguson grand jury decided today that Officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The decision comes after months of uncertainty and accusations directed at the Ferguson police department .
A few witnesses to the shooting said that Wilson chased Brown and shot him while his hands were up but according to the lead prosecutor, much of that evidence was contradicted by the physical evidence. Wilson reportedly said he felt he was in danger for his life and they got into an altercation in the police car before Brown was fatally shot. There had been several leaks from the grand jury over the past month that earned a condemnation from the Justice Department. Eric Holder himself told leakers to “shut up” and let the case play out without trying to influence public opinion.
There were concerns of rioting if the grand jury decided not to charge Brown, concerns that activists on the ground in Ferguson tried to quell ahead of today’s decision. Even the FBI warned of extremist violence in the wake of a grand jury decision. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon went so far as to declare a state of emergency ahead of the decision.
Both President Obama and Holder have called for peace in Ferguson no matter what the grand jury decides. Michael Brown Sr. put out a video message of his own asking people not to resort to violence in his son’s name.
UPDATE – 09:52 p.m.: Watch the Grand Jury decision being read below, via CNN:
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