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Ferguson Unrest Erupts After Darren Wilson Not Indicted

Last night civil unrest shook the town of Ferguson, Missouri after it was announced that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for shooting and killing Michael Brown. The decision was relayed to city and county officials in the afternoon but the announcement was not made until after dark.

Thought the Brown family urged calm and President Obama gave a speech asking for restraint after Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced there would be no indictments, the streets of Ferguson ultimately became a battleground. After police pepper sprayed protesters who were attacking an empty police car tensions escalated and various parts of the town, particularly stores, were looted and burned as gunshots rang out throughout the night.

Current estimates put the number of buildings burned at 24 though the estimate for overall property damage will likely not be available for some time.

As St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch announced the decision, National Guard troops fanned out across the city. There was calm and silence in the streets of Ferguson for a half-beat after the announcement, but anger erupted shortly thereafter, and just after midnight county police reported hearing automatic-weapon fire. Protesters also blocked Interstate 44, causing a miles-long back-up of traffic.

In a sign of the way that the events from Ferguson have both compelled and startled a nation, protesters also gathered in front of the White House as well as in major cities from coast to coast, with sporadic reports of police cars being attacked.

Sympathy protests occurred in Chicago, Oakland, New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles and other places under the banner of justice for Michael Brown and “Black Lives Matter.” Protests included marches and in some cases civil disobedience via blocking traffic by pretending to have been shot and killed and lying on the ground – a reference to Michael Brown lying dead in the middle of the street.

No indictments being given by a grand jury, the case is over for Darren Wilson as far as local authorities are concerned. Attorney General Eric Holder issued a statement that left the door open for a federal prosecution saying it was independent and ongoing though it will be difficult to bring a case now. Prosecuting Attorney McCulloch has released all the information related to the case to the public and attacked the credibility of the witnesses who claim to have seen Wilson act improperly.

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Ferguson Unrest Erupts After Darren Wilson Not Indicted

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Last night civil unrest shook the town of Ferguson, Missouri after it was announced that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for shooting and killing Michael Brown. The decision was relayed to city and county officials in the afternoon but the announcement was not made until after dark.

Thought the Brown family urged calm and President Obama gave a speech asking for restraint after Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced there would be no indictments, the streets of Ferguson ultimately became a battleground. After police pepper sprayed protesters who were attacking an empty police car tensions escalated and various parts of the town, particularly stores, were looted and burned as gunshots rang out throughout the night.

Current estimates put the number of buildings burned at 24 though the estimate for overall property damage will likely not be available for some time.

As St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch announced the decision, National Guard troops fanned out across the city. There was calm and silence in the streets of Ferguson for a half-beat after the announcement, but anger erupted shortly thereafter, and just after midnight county police reported hearing automatic-weapon fire. Protesters also blocked Interstate 44, causing a miles-long back-up of traffic.

In a sign of the way that the events from Ferguson have both compelled and startled a nation, protesters also gathered in front of the White House as well as in major cities from coast to coast, with sporadic reports of police cars being attacked.

Sympathy protests occurred in Chicago, Oakland, New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles and other places under the banner of justice for Michael Brown and “Black Lives Matter.” Protests included marches and in some cases civil disobedience via blocking traffic by pretending to have been shot and killed and lying on the ground – a reference to Michael Brown lying dead in the middle of the street.

No indictments being given by a grand jury, the case is over for Darren Wilson as far as local authorities are concerned. Attorney General Eric Holder issued a statement that left the door open for a federal prosecution saying it was independent and ongoing though it will be difficult to bring a case now. Prosecuting Attorney McCulloch has released all the information related to the case to the public and attacked the credibility of the witnesses who claim to have seen Wilson act improperly.

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