A St. Louis County grand jury, made up of nine whites and three blacks, decided not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri.
Wilson has been on paid leave and in hiding since Aug. 9.
The grand jury of 12 are the only people who have examined all of the evidence, including all three autopsies, as well as the testimonies of all the witnesses related to this case.
The law authorizes a law enforcement officer, as well as all civilians, to use force as self-defense in a dangerous situation.
The unusual timing of the grand jury’s announcement, after darkness had fallen, was a decision of prosecutors. Several local churches would provide shelter, safe haven and medical care in the event of unrest.
As officials called for peace, security preparations were beefed up around the courthouse and at other locations including the Ferguson police headquarters. Barricades were erected and Missouri state troopers were present with rifles, 3-foot batons, riot shields and other equipment. Crowds of protesters waving signs and chanting spilled into streets near the police offices. (Source: USA Today)
Please pray for peace. Please pray for America.