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From: http://news.yahoo.com/no-indictment-chaos-fills-ferguson-streets-083434303.html


FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown — a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot.


Monday night's destruction appeared to be much worse than protests after August's shootings, with more than a dozen businesses badly damaged or destroyed. Authorities reported hearing hundreds of gunshots, which for a time prevented fire crews from fighting the flames.

Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County police, said that unless his agency could bring in 10,000 officers, "I don't think we can prevent folks who really are intent on destroying a community."

The grand jury's decision means that Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, will not face any state criminal charges for killing Brown, whose death inflamed deep racial tensions between many black Americans and police.

Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch said the jury of nine whites and three blacks met on 25 separate days over three months, hearing more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses, including three medical examiners and experts on blood, toxicology and firearms.

"They are the only people that have heard and examined every witness and every piece of evidence," he said, adding that the jurors "poured their hearts and soul into this process."


The decision is in. The grand jury in Ferguson has chosen to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the …
In the first flash of unrest after the grand jury announcement, Belmar said he told officers to back off, suggesting they handle the situation as if it were a festival or baseball game. But the situation quickly "spun out of control," as protesters looted businesses and set fire to numerous vehicles, including at least two police cars.

Officers eventually lobbed tear gas from inside armored vehicles to disperse crowds. There were at least 29 arrests, police said.

As McCulloch read his statement, Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, sat atop a vehicle listening to a broadcast of the announcement. When she heard the decision, she burst into tears and began screaming before being whisked away by supporters.

The crowd with her erupted in anger, converging on the barricade where police in riot gear were standing. They pushed down the barricade and began pelting police with objects, including a bullhorn. Officers stood their ground.

Speaking for nearly 45 minutes, a defensive McCulloch repeatedly cited what he said were inconsistencies and erroneous witness accounts. When asked by a reporter whether any of the accounts amount to perjury, he said, "I think they truly believe that's what they saw, but they didn't."
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The prosecutor also was critical of the media, saying "the most significant challenge" for his office was a "24-hour news cycle and an insatiable appetite for something — for anything — to talk about."

McCulloch never mentioned that Brown was unarmed when he was killed.

Brown's family released a statement saying they were "profoundly disappointed" but asked that the public "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."

Shortly after the announcement, authorities released more than 1,000 pages of grand jury documents, including Wilson's testimony.

Wilson told jurors that he initially encountered Brown and a friend walking in a street and, when he told them to move to a sidewalk, Brown responded with an expletive. Wilson then noticed that Brown had a handful of cigars, "and that's when it clicked for me," he said, referring to a radio report minutes earlier of a robbery at a nearby convenience store.

Wilson said he asked a dispatcher to send additional police, and then backed his vehicle up in front of Brown and his friend. As he tried to open the door, Wilson said Brown slammed it back shut.

The officer said he pushed Brown with the door and Brown hit him in the face. Wilson told grand jurors he was thinking: "What do I do not to get beaten inside my car."

"I drew my gun," Wilson told the grand jury. "I said, 'Get back or I'm going to shoot you.'

"He immediately grabs my gun and says, 'You are too much of a ***** to shoot me,'" Wilson told grand jurors. He said Brown grabbed the gun with his right hand, twisted it and "digs it into my hip."

Asked why he felt the need to pull his gun, Wilson told grand jurors he was concerned another punch to his face could "knock me out or worse."

Protesters march in the middle of Seventh Avenue to protest the St. Louis County grand jury decision …
After shots were fired in the vehicle, Brown fled and Wilson gave chase. At some point, Brown turned around to face the officer.

Witness accounts were conflicted about whether Brown walked, stumbled or charged back toward Wilson before he was fatally wounded, McCulloch said. There were also differing accounts of how or whether Brown's hands were raised. His body fell about 153 feet from Wilson's vehicle.

Thousands of people rallied — mostly peacefully — in other U.S. cities on Monday night, and President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding, pleading with both protesters and police to show restraint.

"We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make," Obama said. He said it was understandable that some Americans would be angered, but echoed Brown's parents in calling for peaceful protests.

About 10 St. Louis-bound flights were diverted or canceled Monday night because of concern about gunfire being aimed into the sky, a Lambert-St. Louis International Airport spokesman said, but the restrictions expired at 3:30 a.m.

The Justice Department is conducting a separate investigation into possible civil rights violations that could result in federal charges, but investigators would need to satisfy a rigorous standard of proof in order to mount a prosecution. The department also has launched a broad probe into the Ferguson Police Department, looking for patterns of discrimination.

Regardless of the outcome of those investigations, Brown's family could also file a wrongful-death lawsuit against Wilson.

The Aug. 9 shooting heightened tensions in the predominantly black suburb that is patrolled by an overwhelmingly white police force. As Brown's body lay for hours in the center of a residential street, an angry crowd of onlookers gathered. Rioting and looting occurred the following night, and police responded with armored vehicles and tear gas.

Protests continued for weeks — often peacefully, but sometimes turning violent, with demonstrators throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails and police firing smoke canisters, tear gas and rubber bullets. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon briefly summoned the National Guard.

Ron Johnson, the Missouri State Highway Patrol captain who oversaw Ferguson security during the summer protests, said the community must take some responsibility for the looting that took place Monday night. A pizza shop, beauty supply store and two auto parts stores were among those fires.

A man runs away from the burning storage facility after the announcement of the grand jury decision …
"Those are dreams," Johnson said. "Those are small-business owners, and we've torn those dreams away."

Comments

  • cretinous00cretinous00 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    damn nigahs.
  • fattyacidfattyacid 🐯 Tiger Squad🥈
    damn nigahs.

    true. damn those thugs!
  • kahit saang angulo tingnan kasalanan talaga ng itim kung bakit siya napatay. it doesn't not take half a brain to figure it out. kahit na sino ang nasa lagay ng pulis ipagtatanggol mo ang sarile mo syempre. sa totoo lang, ang nag-ignite ng riot ay ang mga thugs/gangs at mga racist blacks

    ang riot ay poverty-related at ginagawa lang na scape-goat ang racial issue. wide-spread ang kahirapan ng buhay sa US mostly sa mga blacks na nagre-rely sa social assistance all their life from generations to generations. sa sobrang dami nila hindi na kaya ng gov't na sustentuhan sila.
  • I think na-prove naman na yung black teenager ay nagnakaw ng cigarettes earlier sa isang convenience store. Mahirap siyang bigyan ng benefit of the doubt. Between a thief and a policeman, mas paniniwalaan ko ang sinabi ng pulis.
  • jammerakwaii10jammerakwaii10 SeeTheLight PEx Expert 🎖️
    Majority of those African-Americans are self righteous. Akala mo ang buong mundo naka-ikot sa kanila. Majority sa kanila nag-hahanap ng away, lazy, at walang galang sa kapwa. I still remember yung kaibigan ng cousin ko, who worked as a nurse dun sa New Jersey, kahit saglit lang nana-katutok lang daw iinit na ang mga ulo ng mga yan. :rolleyes:

    I saw the video how Michael Brown pushed the owner of the convenient store. The guy is a thug. And besides may independent investigators ang pumunta dun, at consistent yun sa mga scientific evidence, nanag-papatunay na aggressor yung namatay.
  • lechon xlechon x PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    The guy is a thug. Denied to death pa yong parents nya. Blamed it to them how they raised their son.
  • h0lysh|tyousuckh0lysh|tyousuck PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    kahit saang angulo tingnan kasalanan talaga ng itim kung bakit siya napatay. it doesn't not take half a brain to figure it out. kahit na sino ang nasa lagay ng pulis ipagtatanggol mo ang sarile mo syempre. sa totoo lang, ang nag-ignite ng riot ay ang mga thugs/gangs at mga racist blacks

    ang riot ay poverty-related at ginagawa lang na scape-goat ang racial issue. wide-spread ang kahirapan ng buhay sa US mostly sa mga blacks na nagre-rely sa social assistance all their life from generations to generations. sa sobrang dami nila hindi na kaya ng gov't na sustentuhan sila.

    correction lang brod..

    more white rely on their social assistance like food stamps than black.

    at hindi lahat ng riot ay poverty related. may mga riots na ang dahilan eh sporting events.. sh|t, riots even started because of some pumpkin event.
  • h0lysh|tyousuckh0lysh|tyousuck PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    yup. brown is an a-hole that should be arrested and he should answer for what he did in that store..

    pero walang kinalaman yung nangyari sa store na yan sa encounter nila ni wilson.. hindi alam ni wilson ang tungkol sa robbery when he encountered brown.. yung initial contact nila is done by wilson, nang sawayin niya sila brown at kasama nito sa paglalakad sa kalsada at hindi sa bangketa.. brown answered him ng pabalang so binalikan sila ni wilson.. wala ng nakakaalam ng kung ano man ang totoong namagitan sa dalawa during sa scuffle dahil ang meron lang tayo eh ang version ni wilson at PATAY na si brown..

    at hindi namatay si brown dahil nabaril siya during sa scuffle nila ni wilson.. namatay siya after nila maghabulan 150 feet away from wilson's vehicle.. brown ran away as far as that considering na tinamaan na siya sa initial na 2 shot sa sasakyan ni wilson, evidenced by the blood spatter inside at outside sa car ni wilson..

    if you read the released evidence and testimonies, maraming reason para makasuhan si wilson, but sadly the 9 out of 12 votes to indict is just too steep a hurdle para sa jury.. which is 9 white and 3 black, which they say is pretty representative of ferguson's population..

    :bop:
  • h0lysh|tyousuckh0lysh|tyousuck PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    damn nigahs.

    nag-i-expand na ang pagiging racist mo ah..

    kasama na sa listahan mo ang mga african-american..

    :bop:
  • Masyado lang kaseng brutal yung pagkakapatay dun sa Bata, tingin ko nagpanic yung Police since based sa history nya wala siyang mga ganitong encounter, nagkataon lang talaga na napuruhan yung bata, and besides guilty talaga siya and me intent siyang gumawa ng di maganda based dun sa cctv camera, ang nangyari lang , hindi agad siguro naging transparent yung pag handle ng police force kaya nag iisip ng "white" wash yung public.

    Hassle lang kase pag puti ang napatay ng itim , ayos lang , pero pag black ang napatay ng puti , lalo't involve ang pulis , racist na kaagad,

    Sana maayos na agad, at hulihin yung mga pasimuno sa looting, kawawa na rin kase ang local economy ng Ferguson at the same time lalong nalalagay sa alanganin yung Police force , nakita ko sa wikipedia 67% african-american kaya kelangan siguro balansehin na lang at maglagay ng madaming african-american sa force and sa local government ,
  • Kailan kaya mamumulat ang mga Pilipino at matuto ring mag aklas tulad ng mga tao doon sa Ferguson kung sobra na ang pang gigipit na Pamahalaang *****?
  • I think na-prove naman na yung black teenager ay nagnakaw ng cigarettes earlier sa isang convenience store. Mahirap siyang bigyan ng benefit of the doubt. Between a thief and a policeman, mas paniniwalaan ko ang sinabi ng pulis.

    Dumb justification since Wilson didn't even suspect Brown of stealing cigarettes
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/15/us/missouri-teen-shooting/

    Plus since when did stealing cigarettes had a crime by death through a firing squad?

    On a personal note I knew many here in PEX would have the reaction I am seeing now in Ferguson. I have been here too long. It's really a shame and almost embarrassing being Filipino myself that many here seems to view race issues, black people, etc. the same way those talking heads in Fox News view the issue. Black people are bad, lazy, thugs, etc. and the cops did no wrong.

    Of course no one here wants to bring out the other issue of the militarization of the police, and the abuse of power and authority which was clearly seen in this shooting. I mean if I was an American and know a cop can gun me down because I was a suspect for a petty crime (which is also pretty questionable since Wilson didn't even know about him stealing those Cigarettes) I would be freaking scared of the cops instead of feeling safe. If this happened in the Philippines many here blaming Brown of the Black Community will be up in arms about the corruption of the PNP.

    But hey since many here seem to follow the Fox News views here since a guy is black he must be the one at fault.

    I know Michael Brown wasn't a nice guy he was a bully and a thief sure, if you are telling me Brown deserved to get gunned down to death. Then I am sorry but that's freaking nuts.
  • crispolo wrote: »
    Kailan kaya mamumulat ang mga Pilipino at matuto ring mag aklas tulad ng mga tao doon sa Ferguson kung sobra na ang pang gigipit na Pamahalaang *****?

    An "opportunity" already presented itself a couple of months ago. *cough*transgendercase*cough*
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