The St. Louis grand jury made a not so grand decision after announcing that it will not indict white cop Darren Wilson on any charges for fatally shooting Michael Brown, a black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri last August.
The grand jury said that after a thorough study of all evidence presented to it and following two days of deliberation, it “found no probable cause exists to file any charge against officer Wilson and returned a no true bill on each of the five indictments.”
The reaction to the grand jury’s decision sparked country wide protests and for many, it confirmed that racism is alive and well in America.
Police march past a burning police vehicle after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri (photo: Reuters)
Ferguson is up in flames now after protesters rioted against the decision to let the policeman walk free of the crime. The St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that dozens of buildings were torched, adding that this wave of violence is worse than the one witnessed after Brown’s shooting. He added that businesses were looted, and many areas were vandalized.
Protesters stand atop a car outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson (photo: Reuters)
Police responded to the demonstrations by firing tear gas and clashes between police and protesters resulted in the arrest of at least 30 people.
Police form a line in the street under a holiday sign after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson (photo: Reuters)
Protesters run from a cloud of tear gas after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson (photo: Reuters)
President Obama commented on the decision saying, “We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make”.
“Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer,” he said.
Protesters vandalize a car outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson (photo: Reuters)
Meanwhile, crowds of angry protesters took to the streets in other US cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Oakland and New York, among many others, to express their solidarity with Ferguson protesters.
Protesters shout slogans against the law as they march on the street during a rally in New York (photo: Reuters)
Protesters shout slogans against the law as they begin to rally in New York (photo: Reuters)
Protesters demonstrate after the decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict a Ferguson white police officer in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, in front of the White House in Washington (photo: Reuters)
Protesters block Interstate 580 in Oakland, California (photo: Reuters)
Protesters get down on their knees during a demonstration in Seattle, Washington (photo: Reuters)
People lay on the ground on Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Blvd during a demonstration in Beverly Hills, California (photo: Reuters)
Update 14:52 pm GMT: A ‘No Fly Zone’ has been implemented over Ferguson, Missouri, issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. The reason provided is “to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.” The ‘No Fly Zone’ is comprised of a 3 nautical miles radius with an altitude ranging from the “surface up to and including 3000 feet MSL” over Ferguson.