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Read Statement Issued by Officer Darren Wilson Following Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson Shooting

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"We recognize that many people will want to second-guess the grand jury’s decision."

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)

A statement was released Monday night on behalf of Ferguson officer Darren Wilson after a grand jury declined to indict him in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

“We recognize that many people will want to second-guess the grand jury’s decision. We would encourage anyone who wants to express an opinion to do so in a respectful and peaceful manner,” the statement said. “On a side note, Officer Wilson would like to thank those who have stood by his side throughout the process. This continued support is greatly appreciated by Officer Wilson and his family.”

“Moving forward,” the statement added, “any commentary on this matter will be done in the appropriate venue and not through the media.”

Read the entire statement posted on Twitter by St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers:

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