UPDATE: 1:15 AM EST — The Nation Protests
Protestors shut down three NYC bridges during demonstrations.
THIRD NYC BRIDGE JUST SHUT DOWN! 200 protesters have just shut down the Brooklyn Bridge in addition to the Manhattan & Tri-Boro Bridges.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 25, 2014
UPDATE: 12:00 AM EST — No Fly Zone
A no-fly zone has been implemented for a second time in Ferguson, Mo. No pilots allowed to operate an aircraft in the Ferguson area.
Visit the FAA.gov for more information.
UPDATE: 11:42 PM EST — Grand Jury Evidence
The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office has released the Ferguson grand jury transcript.
According to the transcript, Wilson stopped Brown after seeing him and a friend walking down the middle of the street. Brown responded with curse words, according to Wilson.
Wilson also referred to Brown as intimidating, “It,” and a demon. During his testimony, he compared Brown’s strength to Hulk Hogan’s.
Read it in its entirety here.
UPDATE: 11:03 PM EST — Darren Wilson Photos
CBS News just obtained photographs shown to the grand jury during deliberation of Officer Darren Wilson’s injuries.
See more here.
UPDATE: 10:20 PM EST — Protests In Ferguson
Following the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson, protestors who gathered in front of the Ferguson Police Department continued to chant and protest in the name of justice.
In response, police in riot gear pushed the crowd back. A group of protestors attempted to overturn a St. Louis County police cruiser. Eventually police began deploying what residents and media outlets on the ground have described as tear gas to disperse the crowd.
The police, however, say they are using smoke, not tear gas, to disperse the crowds.
They are pointing guns at us pic.twitter.com/z6VTgGbQht
— Alexis (@MusicOverPeople) November 25, 2014
— Patrick deHahn (@patrickdehahn) November 25, 2014
— Rick Meyer (@RickMeyerKSDK) November 25, 2014
— ShordeeDooWhop (@Nettaaaaaaaa) November 25, 2014
UPDATE: 10:00 PM EST — President Obama’s Statement
President Obama made a statement regarding the decision not to charge Ferguson officer Darren Wilson on Monday night.
“First and foremost we are a nation based on the rule of law,” the president said. “We need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make.”
The president then acknowledged a “a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color.” Obama also urged protestors and law enforcement to show restraint in the hours following the grand jury decision.
UPDATE: 9:35 PM EST — Darren Wilson Statement
Darren Wilson has released a statement regarding the grand jury decision not to charge him in the killing of Michael Brown, according to the St. Louis Dispatch.
UPDATE: 9:30 PM EST — Brown Family Statement
Brown’s parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., released a statement regarding the non-indictment Monday night.
“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.
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.
Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.
We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.
Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.”
Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr.
Parents of Michael Brown, Jr.
McSpadden and Brown will hold a press conference Tuesday morning to discuss the decision not to charge Wilson.
UPDATE: 9:00 PM EST — Grand Jury Decision
Hours before the decision announcement, St. Louis County Chief of Police Jon Belmar issued this statement emphasizing the protection of both property and life.
“As a police department, our primary responsibility is to protect both life and property for our citizens, and we are committed to doing just that,” the statement read. “St. Louis Metropolitan Chief of Police Sam Dotson, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, and I, have prepared extensively as a Unified Command, for the release of the grand jury decision. Our commanders have been meeting with local community officials and protest leaders to help ensure preservation of life, property, and that all citizens’ enjoy the freedom to express their constitutional rights.”
It’s more than 100 days since Wilson shot Brown in Ferguson and a grand jury convening to determine if the officer would be indicted reached their decision on Monday evening.
Protestors — even as the summer days after Brown’s death turned into bitter autumn nights — have yet to turn in their chants and posters. Instead, they are braving the cold November days to march and protest against police brutality.
This week has been no different — surrounded by boarded up businesses and barricades blocking off the Ferguson Police Department, demonstrators took to the streets to call for Wilson’s arrest.
In the days following Brown’s death, eye witnesses reported the unarmed teenager attempted to de-escalate the situation when he retreated away from the police cruiser with his hands up. The Ferguson Police Department, however, tell a different story.
It was originally unclear if the announcement would include the actual decision.
Wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown Jr., on Aug. 9. Wilson claims he shot Brown because the teen tried to take his firearm, but witnesses say Brown was running away from Wilson in surrender.
HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE SHOOTING:
– St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar initially claimed Brown and Wilson got into a physical confrontation that started in the police cruiser and spilled into the street. The department claims Brown attempted to grab Wilson’s gun during that altercation. Police say Wilson was taken to the hospital with injuries to his face, but have refused to disclose those injuries.
– Eye witnesses tell a different story. Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, told reporters the teen never attempted to grab the officer’s weapon. Johnson’s account (and a handful of other accounts from eyewitnesses) say Brown ran from Wilson with his hands in the air screaming “stop shooting!”
– Wilson’s testimony corroborates Belmar’s account. In September, the officer testified in front of the grand jury, telling them he feared for his life and shot Brown outside the vehicle. He claims that Brown punched and scratched him, leaving him with injuries.
– In the days following Brown’s shooting, police released information claiming Brown was suspected of stealing a box of cigars from the neighborhood convenience store — a move many protestors believe was a way to criminalize the teenager before Wilson’s identity was made public. Wilson, however, did not have knowledge of the alleged robbery. Wilson stopped Brown and Johnson because they were walking down the middle of the street, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson initially said.
– Wilson’s testimony suggests that he was aware of the description of the robbery suspect. (NBC: Dispatch calls obtained Friday by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch revealed that the description of the black male in the white shirt and red cap was broadcast to officers, and after dealing with another call, Wilson asked if he should help search for the alleged robbers. It is unclear whether Wilson heard the description of the suspects, but at 12:02 p.m., just two minutes after Wilson offered to help, he radioed: “Put me on Canfield with two.” Canfield is the street where Brown was shot. The audio was obtained by the Post-Dispatch under Missouri’s Sunshine Law. Ferguson police did not follow up on NBC News’ request in August for audio recordings regarding the shooting.)
– An autopsy performed by pathologist Michael Baden at the request of Brown’s family found that the teenager had been shot six times, including four times in the body and twice in the head. Baden did not find gun powder residue on the teen (he was not provided with Brown’s clothes at the time of his autopsy). The final bullet to Brown’s head, Baden says, was fatal.
– A second autopsy, performed by the St. Louis County medical examiner’s office, suggested that Brown was involved in a physical struggle inside Wilson’s car — the report shows Brown was shot in the hand at close range and there may have been gunpowder in the wound.
– A third autopsy, ordered by the Justice Department, has not been made public.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest as it comes in.
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