Jury rules police officer will not be charged over fatal shooting of Michael Brown

Jury rules police officer will not be charged over fatal shooting of Michael Brown

A United States jury has found a Missouri police officer should not face any criminal charges, over the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

The 18 year old was shot dead on August 9,  in the predominantly African-American town of Ferguson, sparking days of violent protests over police officer Darren Wilson’s actions.

St Louis Country Prosecutor Bob McCullouch has handed down the jury’s decision today, saying the jury has reviewed all evidence thoroughly, and has deliberated for two days over their decision.

He says many witness statements were conflicting, and the jury has ruled there is not enough evidence to indict Mr Wilson over the death.

“They discussed and debated the evidence among themselves before arriving at their collective decision. After their exhaustive review of the evidence the grand jury deliberated over two days, making their final decision,” Mr McCullouch said.

“They determined that no probable cause exists to file any charge against officer Wilson.”

Violent protests have broken out on the streets of Ferguson following the decision, and US President Barack Obama has urged for calm, saying the decision was always going to be an area of intense disagreement.

“There are Americans who agree with it and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction,” he said.

“But I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully.”

Mr Brown’s parent have issued a statement following the ruling.

“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions,” the statement reads.

“While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change.”

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