Lawyers: Ferguson Cop 'Followed His Training'

Anger greets grand jury decision
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2014 9:30 PM CST
Lawyers: Ferguson Cop 'Followed His Training'
St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announces the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cristina Fletes-Boutte, Pool)

Soon after the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson was made public, his lawyers issued a statement saying the Ferguson police officer "followed his training and followed the law" when he shot and killed Michael Brown. The statement stressed that the decision was made by a "group of citizens, drawn at random from the community," who "listened to witnesses and heard all the evidence in the case," reports the St. Louis Dispatch. "We recognize that many people will want to second-guess the grand jury's decision" and "encourage anyone who wants to express an opinion do so in a respectful and peaceful manner," the lawyers said.

Wilson's attorney says his client—who will give his first interview to ABC News, sources tell Politico—has been through a "tense" few days and still fears for his safety and that of his family after receiving death threats. Not being indicted is a "brief respite, but certainly not the end of things for him," the attorney says. When the decision not to indict was announced, there was an angry reaction from a crowd of hundreds gathered outside the Ferguson police station, reports CNN. Protesters have destroyed at least one police car and at least one gunshot has been heard near the station. (More Michael Brown stories.)

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