Family condemns Grand Jury decision, violent night staged in Ferguson

Family condemns Grand Jury decision, violent night staged in Ferguson

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The family and lawyers of an unarmed black teenager, who was shot and killed by a police officer in the US State of Missouri, say they object strongly to the decision not to indict the man who killed him.

18 year old Michael Brown was shot dead on August 9 by police officer Darren Wilson, sparking days of violent protests in the town.

The grand jury yesterday ruled there is not enough evidence to charge Mr Wilson.

One of the family lawyers for Mr Brown, Benjamin Crump says the US justice system is broken.

“This process is broken. The process should be indicted,” Crump said.

Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton said the grand jury system was misused in the case of Michael Brown.

At a news conference with the Brown family and their lawyers, Sharpton said the grand jury decision not to issue charges against Officer Darren Wilson was not surprising and urged a continued investigation by the federal government.

NIGHT OF VIOLENCE FOLLOWS VERDICT

The decision has sparked a night of violence, with at least 60 people arrested,  buildings have been burned to the ground, looting has occurred and tear gas has been used on protestors.

About a dozen buildings in suburban Ferguson, Missouri, burned overnight and police fired tear gas and flash-bang canisters at protesters, said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.

Although no serious injuries were reported, Belmar said the rioting was “much worse” than the disturbances that erupted in the immediate aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown.

Protests also were staged in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Oakland, California, and Washington, D.C., over a case that has highlighted long-standing racial tensions not just in predominantly black Ferguson but across the United States.

In the city of St. Louis, where windows were broken and traffic was briefly stopped on a major highway overnight, Police Chief Sam Dotson vowed to have a larger police response as night fell.

“A large presence, very early on, will be a deterrent,” said Dotson, whose jurisdiction does not include Ferguson. “We’ll have resources deployed.”

Schools in Ferguson and its surrounding cities said they planned not to open later today. Protesters planned to demonstrate outside the courthouse in Clayton, Missouri, where the grand jury sat.

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