Grand Jury Decides Not to Indict Officer Darren Wilson

Officer Darren Wilson will not face charges for fatally shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown last August in Ferguson, Missouri.  That was the decision announced Monday evening by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.  McCulloch said the grand jury declined to indict the 28-year-old officer after reviewing 70 hours of evidence.  The 12-person grand jury had been considering whether or not there was probable cause to bring charges against Wilson ranging from first degree murder to involuntary manslaughter.

The decision not to indict touched over protests in St. Louis and around the country, including New York, Seattle, Chicago, New Jersey, Washington,DC and Los Angeles.  Some of those protests have turned violent especially in St. Louis with cars and buildings set ablaze and gunshots and tear gas being fired.  No word as off 11:30pm Monday of any injuries or fatalities.  But damage to several business establishments in Ferguson is thought to be extensive.

The violence comes despite numerous calls from Michael Brown’s family, authorities in St. Louis and even President Obama for persons to remain calm and non-violent.


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Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs for WHUR, is a well-respected journalist who has covered a range of issues from local and national politics, to healthcare reform and civil rights. She has also spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including radiothons, town hall meetings and food and clothing drives. Over her 25-year career at WHUR, she has been a writer, reporter, producer and anchor. Renee serves on the boards of many organizations including the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation and Sisters of Hope. She is the proud mom of Dominique and Delante.

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