The tension in Ferguson,
Missouri has been rising since August 9, 2014 when 18-year-old black man Michael Brown
was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson
. There have been protests, and scuffles with police, and outrage from the rest of the watching world. But finally, a grand jury has made a decision on whether to indict Officer Wilson in Brown’s death.
As the jury deliberated, local schools announced plans to close in anticipation of unrest, the FBI sent in agents, police set up barricades to prepare for protests, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon did his best to exacerbate the anxiety by declaring a state of emergency (much to the disapproval of US Attorney General Eric Holder).
President Obama has called on demonstrators to remain calm, not using the decision as an excuse for violence. In an odd side note, Officer Darren Wilson recently married his girlfriend. And the New York Times is reporting that Wilson will not be returning to the Ferguson police force.
Today (Monday, Nov. 24, 2014), officials announced that the jury, which USA Today reports is made up of “seven men and five women — three African American and nine white,” had made their decision. CNN is also reporting that the Brown family was not given any information, and only learned there was a decision by watching the news. Finally, we will hear what they have to say:
Watch the Ferguson grand jury announcement livestream below…