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25 November 2014 - Ferguson erupts after grand jury decision

Publié par Clifford Armion le 25/11/2014


Ferguson erupts after officer not charged in teen's shooting
Staff (The Chicago Tribune)
Violence flared again in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Monday, with gunshots heard and tear gas fired, after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August.
Angry crowds took to the streets around the Ferguson police department after the grand jury determined there was no probable cause to charge officer Darren Wilson with any crime for the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
St Louis police reported heavy automatic gunfire late on Monday in the area near where Brown was shot and killed on Aug. 9. The Federal Aviation Administration issued temporary flight restrictions for the city.
Angry crowds took to the streets around the Ferguson police department after the grand jury determined there was no probable cause to charge officer Darren Wilson with any crime for the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
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Witness

Witnesses Told Grand Jury That Michael Brown Charged at Darren Wilson, Prosecutor Says
Erik Eckholm (The New York Times)
The most credible eyewitnesses to the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., said he had charged toward Police Officer Darren Wilson just before the final, fatal shots, the St. Louis County prosecutor said Monday night as he sought to explain why a grand jury had not found probable cause to indict the officer.
The accounts of several other witnesses from the Ferguson neighborhood where Mr. Brown, 18 and unarmed, met his death on Aug. 9 — including those who said Mr. Brown was trying to surrender — changed over time or were inconsistent with physical evidence, the prosecutor, Robert P. McCulloch, said in a news conference.
“The duty of the grand jury is to separate fact and fiction,” he said in a statement watched by a tense nation. “No probable cause exists to file any charges against Darren Wilson.”
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Obama

Transcript: Obama’s remarks on Ferguson grand jury decision
Staff (The Washington Post)
OBAMA: As all of you know, a few minutes ago, the grand jury deliberating the death of Michael Brown issued its decision. It’s now come that either way was going to be subject of intense disagreement, not only in Ferguson but across America. So, I just want to say a few words suggesting how we might move forward.
First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law. And so, we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make. There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction.
But I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully. Let me repeat Michael’s father’s words, “Hurting others or destroying property is not the answer. No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son’s death to be in vain. I want it to lead to incredible change, positive change, change that makes the St. Louis region better for everyone.”
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Prospects

Grand jury call not the end for police officer
Yamiche Alcindor (USA Today)
FERGUSON, Mo. — The grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of a teenager will not end Wilson's legal troubles.
Though the decision is likely the last word from Missouri's criminal courts, Wilson, whose shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown provoked months of protests, could face civil rights charges brought by the Justice Department or a civil wrongful death lawsuit filed by Brown's parents. Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal inquiry into incident "remains ongoing."
Wilson could have been charged with first- or second-degree murder or manslaughter. At issue was how Brown died in the shooting Aug. 9. Police say Brown, who was unarmed, struggled with Wilson inside his police car, then reached for Wilson's weapon. Brown's family and some witnesses say Wilson killed Brown as he raised his hands in surrender.
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