Officer Darren Wilson Will Face No Charges

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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.

  1. Sway,

    I caught a little of your show this morning regarding the grand jury decision and I would like to say that I am disappointed in the way many people (Black and White) have acted throughout this entire ordeal. There has been a great deal of division, mistrust, and anger based on race. I grew up in a diverse area and had friends of all races. Some had money and some didn’t. However, I noticed that I was more likely to be harassed in poor areas with White friends than in better areas with Black friends. I don’t believe that Wilson shot Brown because he was Black, nor do I feel that the grand jury made the wrong decision. Unfortunately, as I said, so many people have twisted this story (including the media) into a race issue, when really we are dealing with a poverty issue. Many of the problems we see that pertain to the police are directed at areas with lower incomes, which usually have high minority populations. In effect, the main issue is ignored because of the deep wounds and prejudices that entrap America. We have created a society that has been divided at every step and, unfortunately, there is no real solution in sight.nn1nn1nn1

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