All eyes are now on Ferguson.
Since the shooting of unarmed teen Mike Brown in early August, tensions have simmered as a racial divide has accelerated within the St. Louis suburb of Missouri. This evening it may have grown larger, as prosecutor Bob McCulloch revealed that Officer Darren Wilson will face not be indicted for his role in the altercation.
Already on edge, Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency last week in what many considered to be an early indicator of what the verdict would be. Now the parents of the teen have released their own statement regarding the ruling:
“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.”
On paid administrative leave since August, Darren will reportedly retire from the Ferguson Police Department, which has fallen under intense scrutiny for use of excessive force against civilians in the days that followed the shooting.