Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the death of Michael Brown, following a confrontation between the two on August 9. That’s the finding of a St. Louis County Grand Jury that was announced last evening. The 12-member panel met more than two dozen times since late August, and deliberated for two days before reaching a decision on Monday.
The family of Michael Brown issued a statement shortly after the announcement, saying they were disappointed in the decision and asked for calm. Officer Wilson also issued a statement thanking his supporters and saying he feared for his life the day of the incident. Wilson, who is white, shot Brown, who is black, while the officer was investigating a reported shoplifting at a nearby convenience store. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said the grand jury reached its decision after a thorough and complete review of the evidence in the case and found there was no cause for charges against the officer.