#Ferguson: Grand Jury Has Reached a Decision

#Ferguson: Grand Jury Has Reached a Decision

Riot police clear a street with smoke bombs while clashing with demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri

After much waiting and anticipation, the grand jury has reached a decision as to whether or not Darren Wilson will be indicted in the death of Michael Brown. Protestors have been preparing over the last week for the decision, as have Ferguson residents. Business owners have been boarding up their windows, residents have been arming themselves for protection, and the governor already declared Missouri a state of emergency. And now, it all comes down to this.

Wilson, a white police officer, shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in an altercation. Witnesses claimed Brown had his back to Wilson with his hands in the air; Wilson claimed that Brown was attacking him and trying to grab his gun. Autopsy reports, along with the known evidence so far, appear to back up Wilson’s claims, but the race baiters eagerly descended onto Ferguson and fanned the flames of racial tension into full-on riots, complete with looting, Molotov cocktails, and arson. The investigation was also initially marred by a series of missteps by Ferguson police. The nation seems resigned to more violent protests regardless of whether the grand jury decides to indict Wilson or not.

A grand jury has reached a decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo. police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked days of turbulent protests, sources close to the process said.

Sources said that press conferences are being prepared by the county prosecutors’ office and the Missouri governor. Those press conferences will likely come later today.

The announcement gave no indication of whether Wilson, 28, will face state charges in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, which triggered a frank conversation about race and police interaction with African-Americans.

The Ferguson grand jury decision has been one of the most hotly anticipated events in recent weeks. We will update you when the grand jury’s decision is announced.

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