No Charges for Ferguson Cop

No criminal charges for Darren Wilson in shooting of Michael Brown
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2014 8:27 PM CST
No Charges for Ferguson Cop
Barbara Jones, joined by other protesters, raises her hands Monday in Ferguson, Mo.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

He's cleared: Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown, reports CNN. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury's decision tonight, asserting among other things that "eyewitness accounts conflicted with physical evidence." He also said that some witnesses who stepped forward later admitted they hadn't actually seen the shooting and were just repeating what they had heard in the neighborhood. McCulloch was expected to publicly release most of the evidence presented in the case, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Now the big question: Will protests in Ferguson and elsewhere turn violent?

Prior to the announcement, protesters in Ferguson were chanting "Indict that cop" and "No justice, no peace." One St. Louis alderman, Antonio French, said he was puzzled why authorities waited until after nightfall to announce the decision. "It does not take public safety into account," he said. Brown's family has called for calm, as have top state and local officials. Schools and some businesses already have planned to be closed tomorrow. Wilson, who was married last month, still faces the possibility of civil rights charges, though that is looking more and more unlikely. McCulloch noted that the two investigations worked in tandem and shared evidence. Wilson is now expected to resign from the Ferguson police force. (More Ferguson, Missouri stories.)

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