Contributor Post Created with Sketch. BREAKING: No Indictment for Darren Wilson

 

A St. Louis County grand jury has reached a decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch made the announcement at 8:15 p.m. Central Time. Grand jury testimony is expected to be made available to reporters online at 9 p.m.

Via Twitter, NBC Nightly News has released a statement from the family of Michael Brown:

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.

Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.

We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.

Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.

Obama made a statement on the decision. Some live excerpts:

Michael Brown’s parents have lost more than anyone, we should be respectful to their wishes. I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone protesting this decision to do so peacefully.

The situation in Ferguson speaks to broader issues we face. In too many parts of this country, a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color.

Then, answering reporters’ questions, Obama goes off-prompter:

There is inevitably going to be some negative reaction and it will make for good TV.

On several news networks, the president’s calls for calm shared a split-screen with violence and rioting in Ferguson.

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  1. Instugator Thatcher
    InstugatorJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Since a Grand Jury would ‘indict a ham sandwich’ if a prosecutor so desired, there must have really been nothing there. (Or the prosecutor was insufficiently motivated).

    Good for Officer Wilson, good for the nation and “Well Done” to the members of the Grand Jury.

    Hopefully Ferguson won’t be well done tonight.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 6:43 PM PST
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  2. Instugator Thatcher
    InstugatorJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I, however, prefer my Missouri medium rare.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 6:44 PM PST
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  3. Pilli Inactive

    The Albuquerque police wear lapel cams. They seem to fail at the most opportune moments. “Hmmm. Musta come unplugged.”

    I suspect that, given the Grand Jury decision not to indict, if Officer Wilson had been wearing a camera it would have shown that he was the one that was attacked.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 6:51 PM PST
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  4. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Burn it down, burn it all down, burn every city in the country.
    Actually I don’t care about Brown, I just like fires.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 6:52 PM PST
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  5. Son of Spengler Contributor

    I’m watching the presser, and the prosecutor is acquitting himself well. The press, on the other hand, are embarrassing to listen to.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 6:54 PM PST
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  6. Hammer, The Member

    While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change….

    …by visiting the merchandise tent out back. Michael Brown “hands in the air” bobble head dolls buy one get one free.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 6:58 PM PST
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  7. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western ChauvinistJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Son of Spengler:I’m watching the presser, and the prosecutor is acquitting himself well. The press, on the other hand, are embarrassing to listen to.

    OMG, it’s bad. Shameful. These loaded questions with obvious agendas. We should burn down the journalism schools and let “amateurs” do the reporting.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 7:03 PM PST
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  8. Eeyore Member
    EeyoreJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Son of Spengler: The press, on the other hand, are embarrassing to listen to.

    Did they even have ears? After saying at least two times that he was forbidden to ask or even know the vote breakdowns, some twit tossed off “Can you give us the vote breakdown [due to a previous question, the implication was “by race”].

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    • November 24, 2014, at 7:13 PM PST
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  9. Hammer, The Member

    Western Chauvinist:

    Son of Spengler:I’m watching the presser, and the prosecutor is acquitting himself well. The press, on the other hand, are embarrassing to listen to.

    OMG, it’s bad. Shameful. These loaded questions with obvious agendas. We should burn down the journalism schools and let “amateurs” do the reporting.

    That is happening naturally. #ricochet

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    • November 24, 2014, at 7:16 PM PST
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  10. James Gawron Thatcher
    James GawronJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    To All,

    It looks like Abe Lincoln was right. You can fool some of the people all of the time, you can fool all of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

    There were enough non-fools in Ferguson and Truth won the day.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • November 24, 2014, at 7:22 PM PST
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  11. Eeyore Member
    EeyoreJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Ryan M: That is happening naturally. #ricochet

    #butnot10cents

    Oops. Sometimes the PIT backs up and overflows into the sunlight.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 7:49 PM PST
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  12. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western ChauvinistJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Son of Spengler:I’m watching the presser, and the prosecutor is acquitting himself well. The press, on the other hand, are embarrassing to listen to.

    My only complaint about the prosecutor is his “keep demonstrating” acquiescence to the race hustling mobsters. Or is it the President he seeks to appease? But, I repeat myself.

    Why aren’t they demonstrating against the thugs and killers in their midst who commit the vast majority of the crimes in black neighborhoods? Why shouldn’t we be having that conversation?

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    • November 24, 2014, at 7:53 PM PST
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  13. Doug Watt Moderator

    The prosecutor did a good job of explaining the grand jury system as well as the evidence presented to the grand jury in this case. I would assume if you’re a journalist that is assigned to cover a case like this you would do some homework on how a case is presented to the grand jury before you open your mouth and ask questions that reveal you are rather ignorant of the grand jury process, unless of course you are building your resume for a job with MSNBC.

    Every shooting incident is a specific incident with specific individuals that involves specific evidence. Hypotheticals have no correct or incorrect answers. We don’t indict individuals based upon emotion.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 7:59 PM PST
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  14. Danny Alexander Inactive

    #12 WC

    Is it just me, or does the still of the embedded video make it look as though the reporter (black woman, light green scarf) has festooned her head with a massive bonnet of chrysanthemums?

    (Class clown mode off)

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    • November 24, 2014, at 8:01 PM PST
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  15. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western ChauvinistJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Doug Watt:The prosecutor did a good job of explaining the grand jury system as well as the evidence presented to the grand jury in this case. I would assume if you’re a journalist that is assigned to cover a case like this you would do some homework on how a case is presented to the grand jury before you open your mouth and ask questions that reveal you are rather ignorant of the grand jury process, unless of course you are building your resume for a job with MSNBC.

    Every shooting incident is a specific incident with specific individuals that involves specific evidence. Hypotheticals have no correct or incorrect answers. We don’t indict individuals based upon emotion.

    I feel very sorry for those cops and other professionals out in front tonight. What a terrible position to be in. The prosecutor did as well as could be expected with his ignorant audience (journalists) and the emotion-laden mob waiting outside.

    And the Brown family saying Wilson will not face consequences? For pity’s sake, he’s already in hiding. I’m sure he’ll have to move his family and change jobs. It’s not that he won’t experience consequences. It’s that he won’t be lynched, which seems to be the only consequence that would satisfy the community. Lovely.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 8:08 PM PST
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  16. James Gawron Thatcher
    James GawronJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Western Chauvinist:

    Son of Spengler:I’m watching the presser, and the prosecutor is acquitting himself well. The press, on the other hand, are embarrassing to listen to.

    My only complaint about the prosecutor is his “keep demonstrating” acquiescence to the race hustling mobsters. Or is it the President he seeks to appease? But, I repeat myself.

    Why aren’t they demonstrating against the thugs and killers in their midst who commit the vast majority of the crimes in black neighborhoods? Why shouldn’t we be having that conversation?

    WestC,

    You only need to check out the Chicago Sun Times, if you have the stomach.

    Body Count.

    Every week it’s the same story. I guess the reality of mostly black on black gun violence with illegal weapons just isn’t very interesting to the MSM. If a white police officer is forced to shoot a lunatic who happens to be black then the whole world is supposed to stop.

    Time for this society to stop chasing the goofy left wing narrative and start facing the truth.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • November 24, 2014, at 8:10 PM PST
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  17. Doug Watt Moderator

    There is a thin blue line between anarchy and mayhem. I only had to wear a helmet three times. I still dislike crowds because anything can happen. You reach a certain point when you measure everything in rehab time, your own rehab time. I’m glad I’m out of it. Most people appreciate police officers, but watching reporters ask stupid questions tonight and the fact that emotion trumps reason with the mob I have nothing but empathy for the officers tonight in Ferguson.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 8:25 PM PST
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  18. Locke On Member

    It’s not as if there weren’t good reasons for discontent in the St. Louis area.

    This Radley Balko story at WaPo details some of the impositions by klepto local governments on their citizens. Enough there to grit the teeth of anyone who abhors overbearing government.

    However, Michael Brown as cause celebre has precious little to do with those problems. If you go on a sample of this case and Trayvon, the race hustlers and provocateurs come out when a wannabe thug gets ventilated in an incident of his own making. Meanwhile, the black on black killings continue, and few (tip of the hat to Mayor Guiliani) have the guts to call it for what it is.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 8:26 PM PST
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  19. Tommy De Seno Contributor

    I can only imagine, because I have never experienced it- to be filled with such rage, so much frustration, such despair, that the only answer, the only step toward justice left to me, is to steal bottles from the liquor store while smiling and laughing as I run away.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 8:28 PM PST
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  20. Son of Spengler Contributor

    ‘Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.

    ‘No, no!’ said the Queen. ‘Sentence first — verdict afterwards.’

    ‘Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. ‘The idea of having the sentence first!’

    ‘Hold your tongue!’ said the Queen, turning purple.

    ‘I won’t!’ said Alice.

    ‘Off with her head!’ the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.

    ‘Who cares for you?’ said Alice, (she had grown to her full size by this time.) ‘You’re nothing but a pack of cards!’

    At this the whole pack rose up into the air, and came flying down upon her: she gave a little scream, half of fright and half of anger, and tried to beat them off, and found herself lying on the bank, with her head in the lap of her sister, who was gently brushing away some dead leaves that had fluttered down from the trees upon her face.

    ‘Wake up, Alice dear!’ said her sister; ‘Why, what a long sleep you’ve had!’

    ‘Oh, I’ve had such a curious dream!’ said Alice, and she told her sister, as well as she could remember them, all these strange Adventures of hers that you have just been reading about; and when she had finished, her sister kissed her, and said, ‘It was a curious dream, dear, certainly: but now run in to your tea; it’s getting late.’ So Alice got up and ran off, thinking while she ran, as well she might, what a wonderful dream it had been.

    Unfortunately, officer Wilson will not be waking up from a dream. I fear the nightmare is just beginning.

    I don’t know what exactly happened that day that Michael Brown was shot. From the evidence I’ve heard, it sounds as if Brown punched a police officer, tried to grab his gun, threatened the officer, and was shot when the officer feared for his life. It would seem to me that as a result, it was Brown himself — and not the officer — who was responsible for his death.

    But what I do know is that the evidence was considered carefully in a lawful proceeding, and that the grand jury decided the evidence did not warrant prosecution. The process even had an extra layer of federal scrutiny. This was not a kangaroo court. An unwillingness to accept its decision is tantamount to an unwillingness to live under law, with due process and careful consideration of evidence.

    This past weekend, I re-read Ann Coulter’s Demonic. (Ordinarily I avoid books by polemicists such as radio hosts and columnists, but Rob Long recommended the book on a podcast, saying it was unique among Coulter’s books in its unified philosophy.) Coulter’s thesis boils down to: Democrats/Liberals are the party of the mob, whereas Republicans/Conservatives are the party of law — both human and divine. The mob, which can only destroy, is demonic. I pray that Ferguson’s demons can be contained with a minimum of harm to life, liberty, and property.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 8:31 PM PST
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  21. Rightfromthestart Coolidge

    This is the thread I was looking for , I knew I couldn’t be the only who thought the press in that room disgraced themselves and their ‘profession’ tonight. How many times does a man have to say he doesn’t know the vote and is not allowed to ask only to have another moron twit ask him what the vote was. They were obviously angry and agenda driven , they were not there to ‘report’.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 8:39 PM PST
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  22. Son of Spengler Contributor

    Rightfromthestart:This is the thread I was looking for , I knew I couldn’t be the only who thought the press in that room disgraced themselves and their ‘profession’ tonight. How many times does a man have to say he doesn’t know the vote and is not allowed to ask only to have another moron twit ask him what the vote was. They were obviously angry and agenda driven , they were not there to ‘report’.

    Or they were checking Facebook while other reporters were asking questions. Or both.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 8:40 PM PST
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  23. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    So how long before the federal charges will be filed? How long for the civil charges?

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    • November 24, 2014, at 8:51 PM PST
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  24. Skarv Coolidge
    SkarvJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Would it have been better to indict, have a trial and then exonerate officer Wilson after evidence and witness statements had been shared in public? Grand Jury very rarely stops indictments (the ham sandwich). Their job is not to determine what happened but just to prevent frivolous indictments by rogue prosecutors going after personal enemies or other unconstitutional behavior by the state. At least that is my Grand Jury experience from New York state. Maybe Missouri rules are different.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 9:10 PM PST
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  25. Skarv Coolidge
    SkarvJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Just watched Obama statement. After an appropriate plea to calm and peace, he goes into 7 minutes of blah, blah, blah. 2 years left – fast forward please.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 9:29 PM PST
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  26. Concretevol Thatcher

    Wow, I admit I didn’t really care about this one bit and then started listening to the prosecutor on the way home tonight from work. I found it fascinating and turned on the tv when I got home….I have totally been sucked in. Ferguson is burning (literally) tonight and reporters are interviewing each other about how brave they are to risk the tear gas. My take aways are this;

    The prosecutor was extremely professional and explained the evidence well. He also showed humanity by bringing attention to the family’s loss.

    Press is pretty shameful all around. Questioning after the prosecutor’s statement was an impressive combo of ignorant and inflammatory.

    CNN reporters getting tear gassed was by far the highlight of the evening. Only thing better would have been Van Jones getting hit by a rubber bullet in the forehead (sadly this didn’t happen)

    Not sure how burning all your local businesses honors Michael Brown….there is a certain irony to watch the looting in the store where Brown originally stole the cigars that started all this

    Obama’s statement wasn’t terrible. Started out pretty well actually then at some point he got lost and started rambling about some government program he and Eric Holder were starting or something.

    The split screen of Obama calling for calm as police cars were smashed was unreal. Definitely not the image the White House was hoping for I’m sure.

    It will be interesting to see what comes out when people have time to go through the evidence that the grand jury saw.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 9:31 PM PST
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  27. Stu In Tokyo Inactive

    I run a small business here in Tokyo, just about everything we own is invested in that business, I cannot imagine the small business owners in Ferguson who are now watching their lives literally go up in flames. I wonder if you can get “riot and looting” insurance?

    On the one hand I would have wanted to protect my business, but I think in this case that would have involved a dozen heavily armed men ready to shoot to kill, not going to happen, so I think I would have boarded it up and taken anything of value and just gone out of state for a while. The thing is you have to pay your rent, so how do you do that if you cannot run your business? I also feel for the landlords who are watching their buildings go up in flames, yeah at some point they might get some insurance money, but for the short term things are going to suck hard.

    I think that the area this rioting is happening do not deserve to have any small businesses in them, I know I would certainly cut my losses and move.

    I almost hope they trash city hall and the other government buildings then they will not be able to get their benefits, and with the damage they have done, they would have no place to spend said benefits.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 10:14 PM PST
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  28. Lash LaRoche Inactive

    Anyone wanting to stay safe in Ferguson should just hang out in the work boot section of the nearest shoe store.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 10:28 PM PST
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  29. James Lileks Contributor

    Citizen journalist livestream:

    http://digg.com/video/live-coverage-of-ferguson-and-the-grand-jury-decision

    Since I started watching, it’s mostly cop-taunting. Cops unmoved.

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    • November 24, 2014, at 10:33 PM PST
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  30. James Lileks Contributor

    Roving citizen journalist notes that the Kinkos had its windows broken, but was not looted. Boards ripped off the AT&T store. Ah: there’s the pawn shop, with the owners on site sweeping up the broken glass. The owner tells him to stop shooting. The roving videographer asks why.

    “Because you are preying on someone else’s misery and destruction of property,” says the middle-aged man in an Eastern European accent.

    Down the street, new chants: “You! Can’t! Stop! The Revolution!”

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    • November 24, 2014, at 10:50 PM PST
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