Brown Jury: No Indictment

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BBC image of protesters gathered outside the Ferguson police department as the decision was made

August 9th, 2014 Police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St Louis suburb. This followed riots and protests in Ferguson and across the United States.

On Monday November 24, 2014 the US grand jury, which were made up of 12 randomly picked citizen (9 white and 3 black) decided not to charge police officer Darren Wilson with the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michele Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The state prosecutor Robert McCulloh stated that the jury had comprehensively looked at the evidence to make the decision, focusing on the evidence and separating “fact from fiction,” thus finding no probable cause for charging Darren Wilson.

As expected the Browns family is very disappointed with the decision. According to BBC UK the family issued a statement saying they were

“profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequences of his actions”

United States President, Barack Obama is urging the country to remain calm and accept that the decision was the ‘grand jury’s to make.’

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BBC image of Protesters marching through the streets of New York

News of the ruling has caused unhealed racial tension in America to fully resurface. After the ruling was announced rioting in Ferguson ensued. Shots were fired and cars and buildings have been set alight causing police to fire tear gas to break up the protesters.

 

 

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