Chaos erupts: No indictment for Ferguson Officer Wilson
- Category: U.S.
- Published on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:26
- Written by Russ Jones, Christian Press
Ending weeks of speculation a St. Louis grand jury announced it would not indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, a white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, Jr.
The Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Brown has sparked violent protests as state and federal investigators have sorted through the evidence.
"This situation has opened old wounds," said St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch. I join with Michael Brown's family to continue the demonstrations in a constructive way."
"We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions," Brown's family said in a statement. "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."
Attorneys for Darren Wilson issued a public statement after learning he would not be indicted, saying, in part, that Wilson "followed his training and followed the law" when he shot and killed Michael Brown Aug. 9.
McCulloch also criticized media coverage and inconsistencies with some witness testimony.
“The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything to talk about,” he said, “following closely behind with the non-stop rumors on social media.”
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) called for calm in advance of the announcement.
"Together we are all focused on making sure the necessary resources are at hand to protect lives, protect property, and protect free speech," Nixon said.
Nixon also said several churches are providing a safe haven for emotional and spiritual support.
"We must have peace, restraint and respect," he said.
FergusonFerguson Mayor Francis Slay said the world will be watching how the community responds to the grand jury's decision.
“My message to the protesters: we will protect your right to peacefully assemble and to speak your mind,” Slay said. “But turning violent and damaging property will not be tolerated.”
Just as President Obama went on national television on an opposite split screen images saw protestors hurling bottles and smashing windows of a police car.
“The situation in Ferguson speaks to larger problems facing the nation,” said Obama. “We know there are things we can do to help.”
Ironically, under a "Seasons Greeting" stretching across the street, violence on Ferguson streets turned to chaos that included gunshots and torching two police cars.