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(NEWSER) – Why did the grand jury decide against indicting Darren Wilson?

Soon after the decision was announced the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney's office released thousands of pages of evidence that had been presented to the jurors over 25 days of meetings that included testimony from around 60 witnesses. Some key points, as reported by the AP, CNN, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

  • Wilson said he feared for his life after Michael Brown punched him twice in the face and slammed the door on him as he tried to get out of his cruiser. "I felt that another of those punches in my face could knock me out or worse," the officer he said "I've already taken two to the face and I didn't think I would, the third one could be fatal if he hit me right."
  • Wilson said that after he fired a shot through the window, Brown looked at him "most intense, aggressive" face. "It looks like a demon, that's how angry he looked. He comes back towards me again with his hands up." He said he ran after Brown and fired a series of shots when instead of getting on the ground as ordered, the teenager came toward him his hand in his waistband. Wilson said he fired again as Brown was "coming straight at me like he was going to run right through me."
  • In a gallery of photos from the officer's medical examination after he shot the teenager, he appears to have a bruise on the right side of his face and abrasions on his neck.
  • Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown at the time, testified that he saw the teenager struggle with Wilson, and "I'm hearing cuss words from both of them, but I don't really hear the officer saying you know, stop or get down on the ground." He said he didn't see Brown run at Wilson, but saw him take a step toward him "to show him that he didn't have anything."

Photo: Ferguson Police Department

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