No Indictment for Officer Darren Wilson in Fatal Shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson

After months of deliberation, a grand jury has decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Wilson faced various criminal charges, including first-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. The grand jury determined there was not enough evidence to indict Wilson on any of the charges, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced Monday night.

A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence. At least nine votes would have been required to indict Wilson.

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014 file image from video provided by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson. Police identified Wilson, 28, as the police officer who shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014 in the St. Louis suburb. The incident sparked racial unrest and numerous protests, including some that turned violent. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2014 file image from video provided by the City of Ferguson, Mo., officer Darren Wilson attends a city council meeting in Ferguson. Police identified Wilson, 28, as the police officer who shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014 in the St. Louis suburb. The incident sparked racial unrest and numerous protests, including some that turned violent. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson, File)

Wilson claimed he shot and killed Brown after a physical altercation that spilled into his police cruiser. He also alleged Brown went for his firearm.

The fatal shooting sparked unrelenting protests — several of which turned violent — in Ferguson. Law enforcement officials have been preparing for further unrest now that the grand jury decision has been announced. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon also summoned the National Guard.

In a statement, the family of Michael Brown said they are “profoundly disappointed” in the decision.


Follow live updates from TheBlaze on the developing situation in Ferguson here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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