A grand jury in Clayton, Mo., has chosen not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on criminal charges related to his shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager on August 9, 2014.
Since August 20, the 12-member grand jury has been listening to evidence and weighing whether Officer Wilson should be charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, or whether he should go free. With this decision, the nation’s eyes now shift to the city of Ferguson, Mo.
In the months since the shooting, Ferguson has been engulfed in civil unrest as citizens have protested the shooting of Brown. Shortly after the shooting, eyewitness accounts began to surface, some corroborating Officer Wilson’s statements, but many indicating that Brown was not a threat to Wilson when the officer shot him to death. The protests, though by and large peaceful, elicited what many believe to have been an overly-aggressive response from the City’s police department which has sparked a national conversation on the militarization of local police forces.
In preparation for the announcement, Missouri governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency, preemptively calling in the National Guard to settle any violent unrest.
This is a developing story, we will continue to update as more information becomes available.