Darren Wilson, Ferguson police officer accused of fatally shooting and killing unarmed teen, Mike Brown will not face charges. The verdict, which was announced the night of November 24th, 2014 has caused controversy out all across the U.S.
Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced “The jury was not inclined to indict on any charges”, after assuring the the many people waiting that the grand jury weighed both the evidence and testimony before concluding that there was no probable clause. However, if he had been charged, Officer Wilson could have faced either first or second degree murder, and voluntary or involuntary man slaughter.
It was reported that the testimonies and evidence provided do not match up. The Prosecutor confirmed that there were multiple statements taken from witnesses that often were changed to match the evidence. See the legal documents for yourself here.
Protestors were not pleased with the announcement that sparked a riot and even arson of police vehicles and a Little Caesars.
— Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun) November 25, 2014
— Ben Kesling (@bkesling) November 25, 2014
Police used tear gas to deter the crowed, after first denying it but later admitting to the use only after cops used smoke. There was also gunfire, though it is not clear from where. Later, Mike Brown’s family made the following statement:
“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen”
Many called for calm in Ferguson, and President Obama was one who didn’t shy away from making a statement as well.
“We need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make. There are Americans who agree with it and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction.”
Mike Brown was killed August 9th, 2014. This verdict come almost two months after the fatal shooting.