Brown Family Attorney Condemns Grand Jury's Decision In Fatal Shooting : The Two-WayAttorney Benjamin Crump said the decision not to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown showed the system is broken. The decision sparked protests.
A police officer approach a police vehicle Tuesday night in Ferguson, Mo., after a protester threw an incendiary device onto it.
Over 2,000 Missouri national guardsmen are being deployed on Tuesday after demonstrators caused extensive damage in Ferguson and surrounding areas following a St. Louis County grand jury decision to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown.
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Protesters march in Seattle to demonstrate against a grand jury's decision. The peaceful march was a mix of students who walked out of schools and a coalition of clergy members.
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Protesters occupy an intersection outside the St. Louis County Police Department headquarters on Tuesday in Clayton, Mo., in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.
Joy Cooney takes part in a "die-in" during a protest outside the Office of Police Complaints as part of a planned "28 Hours for Mike Brown" in Washington, D.C.
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Jodi Wurm helps to clean up after violent protests damaged businesses in Ferguson.
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Police confront protesters after rioting broke out in Ferguson on Monday night. Ferguson has been struggling to return to normal after Brown was killed by Wilson on Aug. 9.
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A protester leaves the demonstration after being treated for tear gas exposure. The unrest began overnight soon after St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch said the grand jury of nine whites and three blacks decided that "no probable cause exists" to file charges against Wilson.
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Firefighters douse a restaurant that was set on fire when protesters rioted in Ferguson. "What I've seen tonight is probably much worse than the worst night we ever had in August, and that's truly unfortunate," St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar said.
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Demonstrators chant outside the White House hours after the Ferguson grand jury decision was announced.
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A protester stands in front of police vehicles with his hands up during a demonstration in Ferguson. More than 80 people were arrested in the St. Louis area.
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Attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, said they had expected Monday's outcome in which a grand jury declined to charge the officer in the fatal shooting.
"We could see what the outcome was going to be, and that is what occurred last night," attorney Benjamin Crump said at a news conference in St. Louis Tuesday.
He said the fact that Wilson was not indicted shows the system is broken.
Also Tuesday, Wilson, through his lawyers, issued a statement thanking his supporters. He also spoke to ABC's George Stephanopoulos, in an interview that'll be aired later Tuesday. Stephanopoulos says Wilson told him "he has a clean conscience" about the shooting, although he is sorry over the loss of life.
More protests over the grand jury's decision were planned for Tuesday. But as NPR's Carrie Johnson is reporting, Attorney General Eric Holder said the federal investigation into Wilson's actions is ongoing and independent of St. Louis prosecutors.
The unrest began overnight soon after St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch said the grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had decided that "no probable cause exists" to file charges against Wilson, who is white, in the death of Brown, who was black. He said he did not know how the jurors voted, as their votes are kept secret. But, he said, a decision on criminal charges requires agreement from at least nine of the 12 jurors.
Shortly after that announcement, demonstrators clashed with police and set buildings on fire; there were reports of heavy gunfire.
"What I've seen tonight is probably much worse than the worst night we ever had in August, and that's truly unfortunate," St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar said, referring to the rioting that erupted after Brown was killed Aug. 9. Belmar said he had personally heard 150 gunshots.
The Federal Aviation Administration declared a no-fly zone over areas of heavy protests.
More than 80 people were arrested in the St. Louis area.
Reporter Tim Lloyd of St. Louis Public Radio said on Morning Edition that the mood at first was tense but peaceful. But soon after the decision, some in the crowd of protesters began throwing rocks at police and windows. Efforts by some demonstrators to urge calm failed. Police ordered the crowds to disperse and, when that didn't work, fired tear gas canisters over the heads of the protesters, Lloyd said.
"It's difficult to get a sense of the wider situation in St. Louis from any one position on the ground, as so much is happening at once. As some businesses burned, looters broke storefronts in scattered places across the area, and a St. Louis-area police officer was shot, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It's unclear whether the shooting was related to the Ferguson unrest."
Firefighters were dousing the remains of some of those businesses that were set ablaze.
President Obama, in remarks late Monday, urged calm and said "we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make." He said the U.S. has made progress in race relations "but what is also true is that there are still problems, and communities of color aren't just making these problems up."
As NPR's Johnson is reporting, civil rights lawyers at the Justice Department are working alongside FBI agents to examine whether Wilson intentionally violated Brown's civil rights. Proving that Wilson violated federal criminal law will be difficult, Johnson reports.
But in the aftermath of Monday's grand jury announcement, Holder said the federal investigation was ongoing.
"Although federal civil rights law imposes a high legal bar in these types of cases, we have resisted forming premature conclusions," Holder said.
Protests against the decision were also held in Oakland, Calif.; New York; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago. Those protests were peaceful.
Members of Brown's family called for calm but said they were "profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions."
We're also looking at the documents that McCulloch released last night, which include testimony from Wilson and from witnesses to the encounter that led to Brown's death, and physical evidence from the confrontation. You can find those here.