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Wilson Not Charged in Ferguson Case

November 24, 2014  | 

Officer Darren Wilson will not face charges for fatally shooting unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in a case that set off violent protests and racial unrest throughout the nation, an attorney close to the case said Monday night, reports USA Today.

A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson, 28, for firing six shots in an August confrontation that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family. The decision had been long awaited and followed rioting that resembled war-zone news footage in this predominantly black suburb of St. Louis.

"The jury was not inclined to indict on any charges,'' Crump said after being informed of the decision by authorities. Prosecutors scheduled a news conference to announce the decision.

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Tschako @ 11/24/2014 6:37 PM

Yeah!! The system worked as it should, in spite of General Holder.

bob (retired leo) NY/FL @ 11/24/2014 6:42 PM

Amen! A criminal and thug stopped and the justice system worked. Here come the riots, in my 25 years I have seen this scene many times.

Ftrnr @ 11/24/2014 6:47 PM

I am pleasantly surprised. It is as it should be; the jury decided, not any one of us. I am sure there will be drama, but we need to remner that Officer Wilson is the victim here. He was attacked and defended himself; his life will never be the same and it is Michael Brown's fault good luck in the future Officer Wilson.

rede2hike @ 11/24/2014 6:52 PM

I am surprised and happy.
Stand tall Officer Wilson, the battle is only half won and stay strong. Bless you, your brother officers in the area and stay safe in the next couple days of hell.

Zinger @ 11/24/2014 6:53 PM

Amen!!! Thank God or justice system worked for once. My prayers are with the officer and his family.

rede2hike @ 11/24/2014 6:59 PM

Join a gang, rob a store while stoned, walk in the middle of the road and attack an officer while leaving the crime then be surprised when you get removed from the gene pool. What a shock!
Being a gangster is so cool.
Another good reason for the legalization of marijuana.

Chief @ 11/24/2014 7:00 PM

It's a good thing he was not indicted..but don't forget Holder...He will do his utmost to indict Wilson on federal charges..

TheRookie @ 11/24/2014 7:05 PM

Excellent. This hurdle has been cleared. Now he must wait & see what "Card Carrying" Erica` von With-Holder at Dept. of No-Justice & "Bat Boy" Obammy decides to do. Hope he clears all hurdles, moves out of Missouri, & has a good life.
If Officer D. Wilson wants to stay in L.E. he will definitely be hired by another agency. Hopefully out of the State of Missouri. Though I couldn't blame him if he dropped the career like a hot rock. Now comes the aftermath.
Men & women in L.E. e extra careful out there of the disgruntled.

Gan @ 11/24/2014 7:07 PM

I do agree that the system worked and, based on the scrutiny that the officer had to face, feel that declining to charge is the right decision. However, we have a mother and father, and other family members, that have lost a loved one. For them I am sad: There really are no winners here, the officer's life too has forever been changed for he will always be remembered, right or wrong, as the officer that caused the Ferguson riots. There are no winners here...just plenty of sadness to go all around.

Tom Ret @ 11/24/2014 7:10 PM

With the details outlined by the prosecutor, including information about a black witness who saw Brown charge Wilson when shot and Brown's blood and other evidence in the patrol car, if the grand jury had indicted, I would say the job is not worth doing, at least in Ferguson or maybe the entire state. This decision probably will prevent a lot of officers from leaving or retiring early who would have said that is enough, I'm out of here.

Ron Martinelli @ 11/24/2014 7:21 PM

It should always be about the forensic evidence and totality of circumstances.
We continue to experience #hashtag journalism rather than investigative reporting and color over character. Let's see how the politicians like Obama and Holder and community activists like Sharpton play this out now. The American justice system has spoken. Now put up or shut up.

Chicago Sam @ 11/24/2014 7:21 PM

To: "Gan @ 11/24/2014 7:07 PM

I do agree that the system worked and, based on the scrutiny that the officer had to face, feel that declining to charge is the right decision. However, we have a mother and father, and other family members, that have lost a loved one. ...''

Where were that mother and father all the previous days of that thug's , excuse me gentile giant's life? Why did they not keep him in school? Why did they not keep home and learning how to live a proper life? They raised and will try to cash in a Ghetto Lottery Ticket.

There are people who do not care for what the truth is in this or any other matter involving the police. The police are always wrong to them. So here comes the peaceful stones, bottles and fire bombs.

The Grand Jury should have not been needed as the facts spoke for themselves. God Bless Officer Wilson and I hope he goes on to live a long and happy life.

joeyblowey @ 11/24/2014 7:45 PM

Media now has another thing to MILK OFF OF (small vandalism and small riots)? Oh well had this been White College student and Black LEO how much attention would this have received; about 10 seconds; if that?

Capt. Crunch @ 11/24/2014 9:02 PM

It is about time that right won over wrong. I listened to Obama's speech he looked and sounded defeated. Glad that Officer Wilson, won over Obama and Holder.

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/24/2014 10:20 PM

I was offended twice tonight. First by the racist comments made here against the President of the United States and second by the President of the United States himself on this issue. But I was offended that the President of the United States commented on a strictly local matter and inferred that Police in general everywhere need extra training to be good Police Officers. Notwithstanding the bloggers here, most of the Law Enforcement community are good people that care deeply about everybody regardless of race, religion, national origin etc. They are honest hard working professionals conducting legal business mostly under extremely difficult situations and in dangerous environments. Most Law Enforcement Officers are well trained and responsible people. This event was not the proper time or forum for the President of the United States to make comments and morph it into a national emergency that it was not. I was personally offended by the President commenting on this issue the way he did.

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/24/2014 10:24 PM

There is no doubt there will be a civil murder trial. And I suspect that will become the next round in this situation. My condolences to everyone involved in this situation and I hope Officer Wilson and his family can find some peace someplace else.

plato's playdough @ 11/25/2014 1:18 AM

In reference to Chicago Sam. I do not believe the Black Hebrew Israelites consider themselves Gentiles.

As for gentlemanly, that was left behind long ago with the rioting and looting.

Regarding Gentility, they are far from the definition.

Listen to their offensive and hostile speech, you cannot even say they are "gentle."

Who was it who thought the state militia's were a potential terrorist threat to the United States? Boy they missed THAT call. Where are those open mouthed whores now?

It is as if SOMEONE considers this group as exempt from civil and criminal law. Perhaps they are being catered to on that basis. But who is benefiting?

Maybe we should examine "immigration reform" more closely.

Maybe we should start emigrating these obviously manifest terrorist threats in Ferguson Missouri.

plato's playdough @ 11/25/2014 1:19 AM

And attorney for the family Benjamin Crump didn't even say "Y'all, brothers and sisters, please stop the looting. Y'all make us all LOOK bad."


XXXXX @ 11/25/2014 7:44 AM

Hey Ima, why is it when people burn, loot and destroy private property and speak horribly and lie about white people,specifically white police officers, it a protest? yet when a white person/officer writes a post you see it as racism? Strange, isn't it? I have no ill will feeling about anyone except the media, who created this situation.

Bill @ 11/25/2014 7:57 AM

Well, the weave store has burned. As has Panera bread, Advance Auto, a car dealership, and dozens of others. These 'peaceful protesters' demand to live in ruins. But wait, there's more. A 'peaceful protester' justified all this, stating, "They have insurance." Pffft.
Why would anybody rebuild in that environment?
To those claiming the comments under this article are racist:
What is racist is the false narrative reenforcing this BS rioting. Brown was a thug. Wilson did what he had to; ie. his job.
Now, to the 'peaceful protesters':
Great job embracing stereotypes. You just set yourself back 60 years. MLK is hanging his head in shame.

Deputy Moose @ 11/25/2014 8:34 AM

Well Done!
The grand jury did their job.
I wish Mr. and Mrs. Wilson all the best.

bo2234 @ 11/25/2014 9:36 AM

@ Gan, Darren Wilson did not cause the Ferguson riots, Michael Brown did.

CAPTMIDNIGHT @ 11/25/2014 9:51 AM

Steal cigars to make a blunt, get high and flip off the POPO, while hes trying to make you safe, by getting you to move to the sidewalk, from the middle of the street. THEN assault the Officer and grab his gun, and expect to live?

WTF??? I wonder if the outcome would have been different, if the Officer had been Black in the black neighborhood, attempting to arrest a white suspect that assaulted him?

Leonard Mather @ 11/25/2014 11:27 AM

Do not argue with a drunk or a person that is devoid of logic. The latter types announced who was guilty the day it happened and it became a foregone conclusion.

Dave @ 11/25/2014 3:22 PM

We live in America which has a Justice System. Justice has been served. No one says we have a fairness system. Accept the ruling and quit your looting and burning or you will have your chance to see how the Justice System works first hand.

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/26/2014 7:55 PM

[email protected] its easy to tell the difference between racial and non-racial comments. When someone makes it personal about the person in the job and not about the position and they call the person in the job racist names it becomes racist, if you were smart you'd know the difference.

XXXXX @ 12/2/2014 5:52 AM

@IMA Leprechaun....... Oh Masta I'm a so a sorry i's isn't as smart as you's be. Please forgive me oh wise one. Ha Ha Ha. Trust me, I read your post, you're as smart as a rock. Your name should be "Ima Idiot" and a racist.

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