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Ferguson protesters are planning for a wave of actions if Darren Wilson is not indicted. (Photo: sarah-ji/flickr/cc)

Ferguson Grand Jury Will Not Indict Darren Wilson

Grand jury has decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown

Nadia Prupis

Developing...

The Ferguson grand jury will not indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said on Monday that the grand jury deliberated for two days before deciding not to indict Wilson.

On Twitter:

"We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions," Brown's family said in a statement. "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."

Protesters released a statement as well, stating, "For 108 days, we have been in a state of prolonged and protracted grief... The results are in. And we still don't have justice."

"This fight for the dignity of our people, for the importance of our lives, for the protection of our children, is one that did not begin [with] Michael's murder and will not end with this announcement," they added.

Michael T. McPhearson, co-chair of the Don’t Shoot Coalition and executive director for Veterans For Peace, said after the announcement, "We will redouble our efforts to secure justice for Michael Brown and demand police and criminal justice system reforms across the board. We learned a long time ago that police are not held accountable for killing people and especially not black and brown people. Instead, law enforcement and the judicial system have been used most aggressively and unfairly against us."

A concurrent federal investigation into the shooting is still under way.

Stay tuned for updates.

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Just before the official announcement, CNN reported that "a source close to Wilson" indicated that there would be no indictment.  

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Earlier:

 

Numerous sources are reporting that a grand jury has reached a decision on whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.

The fatal encounter between Brown and Wilson, who is white, sparked months of protests that were often met with violent responses from law enforcement. The protests grew to become an organized movement against racial profiling and police brutality.

Sources told the Washington Post that press conferences are being prepared by the prosecutor's office and Governor Jay Nixon, who last week declared a state of emergency for Missouri ahead of the announcement.

Actions are planned across the country if Wilson is not indicted.

Citizen reporters on the ground are prepared to livestream the announcement, as well as the actions that follow.

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