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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.