The St. Louis County prosecutor says no charges will be filed against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Robert McCulloch announced tonight the 12-member panel reached the decision after a thorough and complete investigation.
Wilson, who is white, shot the unarmed black teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson August 9th. The grand jury had been meeting since late August.
The jury panel included nine white and three black members and McCulloch said they were extremely engaged during the process. Nine jurors had to agree to bring charges. The investigation found that witnesses made statements that were inconsistent with other statements they had made.
McCulloch said some witnesses admitted they didn't actually see the shooting but were repeating what they had heard. Wilson could have been with first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter.
Michael Brown's family released the following statement.
Full statement from the family of Michael Brown: pic.twitter.com/2EKuBBQC6f— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) November 25, 2014
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