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Grand jury reaches decision on Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson *ETA - No Indictment

Posted by on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:02 PM
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Grand jury reaches decision on Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, announcement planned

 

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Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson. (Getty/Facebook)

Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson. (Getty/Facebook)

CLAYTON, Mo. - A St. Louis County grand jury has finally reached a decision on whether to charge Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr., several media outlets report.


The panel's ruling will be revealed during a press conference at the courthouse in Clayton later today.

Anxiety over the decision has the St. Louis region on edge, as the public waits to see whether the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer will result in an indictment.

The grand jury convened Aug. 20 to hear evidence and testimony. The 12-member group was asked to decide if there was probable cause to charge Wilson with a crime and what that charge should be. Options range from second-degree involuntary manslaughter to second-degree murder. Wilson, 28, could face life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.


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Photos surround Michael Brown's casket before the start of his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Aug. 25. (AFP/Richard Perry)

Photos surround Michael Brown's casket before the start of his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church ...

But the panel may find that probable cause does not exist and dismiss the state's case, without charging Wilson.


Many, including Wilson, have recently expressed that the grand jury will not hand down an indictment. On Thursday, Jeff Roorda,  representative with the St. Louis Police Officers' Association, described Wilson as being under a lot of pressure and stress but confident in the outcome of the grand jury investigation.

"It's fair to say that neither he nor his defense team expect an indictment," Roorda told the AP, offering his impression of the situation based his meeting with Wilson.

The Aug. 9 shooting led to weeks of protests and saw citizens and heavily armed police clash. Stores in Ferguson were looted and property was destroyed. Hundreds were arrested.

[Related: Timeline of events after the death of Michael Brown]

Wilson has reportedly told investigators that he feared for his life and felt justified in fatally shooting the 18-year-old. He said Brown assaulted him inside his patrol SUV and tried to take his gun. The teen's family and some witnesses say that Wilson was the aggressor and ultimately killed Brown as he raised his hands in surrender.

Officials have been planning for months for a possible backlash after the grand jury announces its decision. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon activated the state's National Guard and declared a state of emergency. The governor's order directs police to "to protect civil rights and ensure public safety in the City of Ferguson and the St. Louis region."

Michael Brown, Sr., the teen's father, issued a plea for peace late Thursday.

"No matter what the grand jury decides, I do not want my son's death to be in vain - I want it to lead to positive change," a very somber Brown says in a public service announcement. "I thank you for lifting your voices to end racial profiling and police intimidation, but hurting others or destroying property is not the answer."

Activists from around the country have been arriving in the area for weeks to help plan demonstrations. Some groups aim to keep the protests peaceful and have asked police to follow proposed  "rules of engagement." Other organizations are issuing protective equipment and have set up "safe spaces" for protesters.

Brown graduated from high school in May and was planning to start trade school on Aug. 11, two days after he was shot. He was buried Aug. 25 in St. Louis County.

Wilson, an officer in Ferguson for three years, has been on paid leave and has not been seen in public since the shooting. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson recently told Yahoo News that Wilson would "immediately" return to active duty if he was not indicted but was likely to be terminated if he was charged with a felony.

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:03 PM
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Just turned on CNN.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM
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Prayers for St. Louis because no matter the outcome there is no "winner" in this...
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:06 PM
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They are discussing how the Judge is not certain he will allow all that was presented to the GJ to be released to the public venue.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM

 That is bullshit!

Quoting FromAtoZ:

They are discussing how the Judge is not certain he will allow all that was presented to the GJ to be released to the public venue.

 

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 That is bullshit!

Quoting FromAtoZ:

They are discussing how the Judge is not certain he will allow all that was presented to the GJ to be released to the public venue.

 

The way they were explaining it, in comparison to....lets say a normal case for lack of better wording.........the DA can request it but that doesn't mean the Judge has to allow it.  Often times, this type of 'evidence' is not released to the public.

If there is no indictment, I understand why the need for complete transparency, I just don't know how 'legal' it is.

VooDooB
by The Corruptor on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM

That would be a very bad idea. Nobody will be happy with that. 

Quoting FromAtoZ:

They are discussing how the Judge is not certain he will allow all that was presented to the GJ to be released to the public venue.


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM


Quoting VooDooB:

That would be a very bad idea. Nobody will be happy with that. 

Quoting FromAtoZ:

They are discussing how the Judge is not certain he will allow all that was presented to the GJ to be released to the public venue.

I agree, if the Judge decides no all hell is going to break loose in regards to it.  

I would not want to be the Judge or a GJ member.  

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:13 PM
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It's interesting to listen to the legal jargon going on.

If nothing else, there is a lot to be learned here. 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM

 

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 That is bullshit!

Quoting FromAtoZ:

They are discussing how the Judge is not certain he will allow all that was presented to the GJ to be released to the public venue.

 

The way they were explaining it, in comparison to....lets say a normal case for lack of better wording.........the DA can request it but that doesn't mean the Judge has to allow it.  Often times, this type of 'evidence' is not released to the public.

If there is no indictment, I understand why the need for complete transparency, I just don't know how 'legal' it is.

 If there is no indictment, I guess they can use that to rotect all involved since there were no actual charges.

I would think you should be able to request them... but maybe that violates privacy laws?? possibly

 

VooDooB
by The Corruptor on Nov. 24, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Especially in the case if he's not indicted. People will want the reason why, and they will demand it.

Not so much if he is indicted, because in that case it will go to trial and will likely be public just like the Zimmerman Trial. Actually, because the judge is considering not releasing the info even leads me more in the direction that he will be charged with Involuntary Manslaughter.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting VooDooB:

That would be a very bad idea. Nobody will be happy with that. 

Quoting FromAtoZ:

They are discussing how the Judge is not certain he will allow all that was presented to the GJ to be released to the public venue.

I agree, if the Judge decides no all hell is going to break loose in regards to it.  

I would not want to be the Judge or a GJ member.  


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