Three months after the world first learned of the tragic events in Ferguson, a Grand Jury has decided it will not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Mike Brown. The death of Brown made headlines back in August, when the 18-year-old was killed in Ferguson, Missouri after being shot by police. Several leaked reports leading up to the announcement today indicated that the jury felt there wasn’t enough evidence for Wilson to be arrested. This lead Missouri governor Jay Nixon to declare a state of emergency, allowing the National Guard to be deployed.
With that preemptive measure in place the ruling was passed down just moments ago. “In the days immediately following Michael Brown’s death, peaceful protests were marred by senseless acts of violence and destruction,” Nixon said earlier this month to the press. “That ugliness was not representative of Missouri, and it cannot be repeated.” The initial autopsy reports indicated that Brown was shot six times by officer Darren Wilson. That autopsy was done by the St. Louis County Coroner, which also proved that Brown was shot at least once in the hand, but the final shot struck Brown’s head.
Throughout this ordeal, Officer Wilson has claimed that he did nothing wrong in the shooting of Brown, sticking with self-defense as the motive for the shooting. It was in September that Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson issued a formal apology to Brown’s family That was one month after the initial shooting. “I am truly sorry for the loss of your son. I’m also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street,” Jackson said. “The time that it took involved very important work on the part of investigators who were trying to collect evidence and gain a true picture of what happened that day. But it was just too long, and I’m truly sorry for that.”