Grand jury reaches decision in Michael Brown case

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The Saint Louis County Prosecutor’s office has just announced the grand jury has reached a decision in the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown. Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is expected to announce the outcome of their deliberations soon.

Governor Jay Nixon has just arrived in Ferguson.  He is in St. Louis to speak the news conference.

On August 9, 2014, Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, was shot and killed by Wilson, who is white. The shooting led to demonstrations, confrontations with police, and some looting and violence.

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LIVE Blog: Protesters spar with police in Ferguson – http://go.fox2now.com/1uzdGgO

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Senator Claire McCaskill releases statement:

“There will be many people who are disappointed in today’s decision, even though it is a result of a deliberate legal process that’s being independently checked by Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Justice Department. While we await the conclusion of that independent investigation—and continue working together for solutions to systemic issues highlighted by this tragedy—I’m praying that the good people of St. Louis and local law enforcement will remain peaceful and respectful of one another.”

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Senator Jamilah Nasheed releases statement:

“I have long been on the opposing side of prosecutor Bob McCulloch on the Michael Brown grand jury case. I even started a petition, which received approximately 117,000 signatures, calling for his removal from the case. The prosecutor has a history with the African-American community in this city, leading me and many of my colleagues to believe he would not be able to remain unbiased on this case, even though it has been made clear that the outcome of this case could very possibly lead to further unrest and public suspicion of our local law enforcement.

I won’t stand by and say that I’m not frustrated or disappointed with today’s actions. It is okay to be angry and hurt by, or even protest because of, what has happened here today. However, it is not okay to destroy our communities or hold our neighbors hostage in their homes.

With this decision comes the opportunity to begin the healing process. We must come together as citizens of this diverse community and we must raise our voices for peace. Let us now continue down the path to a healing place for the St. Louis region. There are no more words to describe this tragic situation that have not already been said. My very heart goes out to Michael Brown’s family. But what we need to recognize on this day is that, despite the grand jury’s decision, those who have stood for justice since the beginning will continue to reshape our communities by our positive actions and our strength.

As a legislator, one of my roles is to restructure our city through policy. As we get closer to the beginning of the next legislative session, I will continue to work on bills that will help our city heal. I will be sponsoring a few pieces of legislation that will work toward that goal. One would dissolve all the villages that exist currently in St. Louis County and place the governance of those villages under the authority of unincorporated St. Louis County. The second would tighten current statute regarding the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer. Yet another, calls for a special prosecutor to be named in the event of any law-enforcement-officer-involved shooting.

We stand at a turning point in history. How we move forward is up to us. United we stand, divided we fall. Let’s work together to make our future a better and brighter place.”

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Full video to be posted in 20 minutes.

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Gov. Jay Nixon issues statement on grand jury decision:

While the 12 men and women on the St. Louis County grand jury have concluded their work, the rest of us have much more work to do in order to use the lessons we have learned these past four months to create safer, stronger and more united communities.

As we continue to await word on the U.S. Justice Department’s ongoing investigation, I urge all those voicing their opinions regarding the grand jury’s decision to do so peacefully. I also urge everyone to continue working to make positive changes that will yield long-term social, economic and spiritual benefits for all our communities.

My commitment to the people of the region and state is this: I will do everything in my power to keep you safe and protect your right to speak. We must also make a commitment to one another: to trust more and fear less, to hold ourselves to a higher standard of personal responsibility and mutual respect, and to keep working to extend the promise of America to all our citizens.

It is my continued hope and expectation that peace will prevail. The world is watching. I am confident that together we will demonstrate the true strength and character of this region, and seize this opportunity to build a more just and prosperous future for all.

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How does this relate to the Sunshine law? “It is now a closed investigation so it is now an open file.”

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” The Federal investigation is still on-going.”-Prosecutor Bob McCulloch

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Many of the witness statements — some shared with the media — were contradictory, and during the grand jury process, many witnesses admitted they didn’t see the shooting or heard about it from others, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said. There were also conflicting witness accounts of whether Michael Brown had his hands up when he was shot, the prosecuting attorney said.

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During the altercation between Michael Brown and Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, two shots were fired while Wilson was inside his vehicle, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said. Brown ran, and Wilson gave chase, he said. Both stopped, and when Brown moved toward the officer, Wilson fired “several more shots,” fatally wounding Brown, McCulloch said.

via CNN Wire

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s statement about the grand jury’s decision:

“The death of Michael Brown has caused every Missourian to reflect deeply on divides that continue to exist within our state. While Missouri’s law enforcement community is professional and dedicated to protecting our state’s citizens, these events call on all leaders to explore solutions that increase confidence and communication across those divides. The most lasting lessons of Ferguson are yet to be realized.”

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“Everyone will be able to examine the same evidence”-Prosecutor Bob McCulloch

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“I am ever mindful that this statement will not be accepted by some.”- Prosecutor Bob McCulloch

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“Most witnesses agreed that Mr. Brown stopped and turned around facing Officer Wilson “- Prosecutor Bob McCulloch

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“The description of how Mr. Brown raised his hands is not consistent between witnesses” – St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch

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Statement from the Brown family:
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.

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“There is no question that Darren Wilson caused the death of Micheal Brown by shooting him”- Prosecutor Bob McCulloch

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No probable cause existed to present charges against Officer Darren Wilson

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“They examined hundreds of photgraphs.  Some of which they asked to be taken.”

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The grand jury heard from three medical examiners. 

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The evidence was presented in an organized and orderly manner. 

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All initial interviews were recorded.

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Some eyewitness testimony was completely refuted by the physical evidence

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All testimony presented to the grand jury was presented to the Department of Justice

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Grand jury picked before the shooting in May

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Prosecutor Bob McCulloch starts with condolences to the family

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St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCullouch should speak for about 20 mins and then take questions from reporters.

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Statement from St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar:

“As a police department, our primary responsibility is to protect both life and property for our citizens, and we are committed to doing just that. St. Louis Metropolitan Chief of Police Sam Dotson, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, and I, have prepared extensively as a Unified Command, for the release of the grand jury decision. Our commanders have been meeting with local community officials and protest leaders to help ensure preservation of life, property, and that all citizens’ enjoy the freedom to express their constitutional rights.”

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Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, will renew his call for peace and deliver remarks on Monday, November 24, at 8:00 p.m. following the announcement of the grand jury decision. He will also spend time in prayer with parishioners of Blessed Teresa and anyone else who needs a quiet place to pray.

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Full video of Gov. Nixon and local leader’s press conference:


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LIVE Video: Gov. Nixon & local officials speak ahead of grand jury decision – http://go.fox2now.com/1rkYWST

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The Grand Jury announcement concerning the Darren Wilson case will be at 8:00pm this evening at the Justice Center in Clayton.

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Bob McCulloch has requested a handheld microphone

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Statement from Family of Mike Brown’s Father:

After the Grand Jury’s decision, we are asking for 4 1/2 minutes of
silence to remember why we lift our voices. We are not here to be
violent. We are here in memory of our son. We are here for protection of
all children. We are here to support justice and equality for all
people. We lift our voices to ensure black and brown men, women, and
childen can live in this country without being devalued because of the
color of our skin.

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Statement from Family of Mike Brown’s Father:

After the Grand Jury’s decision, we are asking for 4 1/2 minutes of silence to remember why we lift our voices. We are not here to be violent. We are here in memory of our son. We are here for protection of all children. We are here to support justice and equality for all people. We lift our voices to ensure black and brown men, women, and childen can live in this country without being devalued because of the color of our skin.

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Rev. Al Sharpton will join Michael Brown’s family in Ferguson, MO Tuesday for a press conference.

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“The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus stands in solidarity with those who choose to protest peacefully. We urge all governmental bodies and law enforcement agencies to respect the constitutional, civil and human rights of those who protest peacefully. As a caucus we denounce the militarization of the police and have voiced our concerns to the governor about the National Guards presence preemptively in the city of Ferguson.

“To the protesters, we are requesting that you remain peaceful and in doing so we support your actions 100 percent.”

State Representative
Brandon R. Ellington
District 22
Chairman Missouri Black Caucus [X]

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