Police Officer Darren Wilson—who was recently cleared by a grand jury in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown—recently sat down with ABC News, telling George Stephanopoulos, “The reason I have a clean conscience is that I know I did my job right.” Though he did say that he was sorry for the loss of life, Wilson said that he doesn’t “think it's haunting” because he felt he made the right decisions in the moment. Wilson maintained that he was attacked by Brown, and that Brown never raised his hands to surrender. When asked why he chased Brown after his initial shots were fired, he replied, “My job isn’t just to sit and wait. I have to see where this guy goes.” Michael Brown’s parents told The Today Show that his statements were “disrespectful” and that they added "insult after injury" ... Discuss

In 170 cities across the country yesterday and last night, protestors took to the streets in mostly-peaceful demonstrations as part of a response to Officer Darren Wilson not being indicted for the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. In cities including Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago, protestors held up signs reading “Black Lives Matter,” shouting “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” as they walked together. In some areas, the demonstrators temporarily blocked roads and bridges, laid in the streets and marched through busy urban areas. For the most part, the nation-wide gatherings remained peaceful, despite a few incidents of isolated violence.

In Ferguson itself, demonstrators clashed with police for the second straight evening, as 2,200 National Guard were called in to prevent vandalism and looting. In total, 44 people were arrested in the Missouri town last night. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters that even in Ferguson, the violence was isolated to “few people who are bent on preventing this from happening in the most ideal way that it could,” adding, “We saw some protesters out there that were really out there for the right reason.” A driver in New York City, who got stuck in traffic on the Manhattan Bridge during protests across the city told The New York Times:

“I’m a black man … I have two black children, and enough is enough.” Asked if he did not mind sitting in traffic, he said, “I didn’t say that, but I understand injustice is never convenient.”

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Demonstrations turned to violence and vandalism in parts of Ferguson last night as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on protestors gathered to hear the verdict in officer Darren Wilson’s grand jury case. Soon after prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced that Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown and outlined the evidence presented, police and protestors began to clash. At least 29 arrests were made, numerous businesses were looted and several cars were destroyed. In other cities like New York, Seattle and Oakland, mostly peaceful protestors gathered to express their disappointment in the decision.

The way authorities handled last night’s events has led the media to question some of the decisions. Why did authorities wait until 9 p.m. to make the announcement? Numerous media outlets noted how unwise this seemed, given the summer's curfew in the wake of clashes that occasionally turned violent. Even after three months, why did it appear that police were not given 48-hours notice about the announcement, as was initially expected? Also, police initially tweeted that officers “are not deploying tear gas. They are using #smoke to break up unruly crowds.” On TV though, reporters and crowds were clearly suffering from the effects of tear gas. It wasn’t until later that police tweeted, “tear gas was used on S. Florissant after smoke was unsuccessful in dispersing violent crowd. Smoke was used FIRST” ....


A prosecutor has announced that a Missouri grand jury has not indicted Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown this summer. The decision sparked demonstrations and protests among the crowds gathered waiting for the announcement. Police in the area launched canisters of tear gas in response to isolated acts of vandalism. CNN is reporting that several arrests appear to have been made for unlawful assembly. In a speech following the announcement, President Obama reiterated Michael Brown’s parents’ call for peaceful reactions, saying that the teen's death could lead to "incredible change, positive change," adding, “First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept this decision was the grand jury's to make" ... Discuss

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