In a decision that’s expected to cause widespread protest and unrest across America, Police Officer Darren Wilson has escaped any and all charges over the shooting death of unarmed black teen Mike Brown in the town of Ferguson – a small community neighbouring St Louis in the US state of Missouri.
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) November 25, 2014
Social media has already angrily reacted to the decision, particularly given St Louis county prosecutor lamented the role that social media played in the case in delivering the announcement.
Doesn’t take 100 days to decide if murder is a crime, it takes 100 days to figure out how to tell people it isn’t… #FergusonDecision
— smaug (@HRHtiwa) November 25, 2014
This isn’t a trial. It’s a decision about whether shooting an unarmed person is worth a trial. That should be an easy “yes.” #Ferguson
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) November 25, 2014
The endless confusion of witness testimonies this “prosecutor” is describing sounds like a compelling case for going to trial.
— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) November 25, 2014
What McCulloch is describing procedurally is so far removed from normal criminal procedure it’s unrecognizable.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) November 25, 2014
I served on a grand jury for a month in NY state. We indicted EVERYONE. All you’re told to look for is enough to seek deeper inquiry. Wow.
— Chapinc (@Chapinc) November 25, 2014
“A system cannot fail those it was never built to protect.” #FergusonDecision
— Kayy✨ (@itsz_kayy) November 25, 2014
As a former prosecutor, I can tell you the way that the prosecutor handled this case is a miscarriage of justice. This is just horrible.
— Charlie Reece (@CharlieReece) November 25, 2014
The phrase “the final 10 shots” really stands out when only one person was armed.
— David Cochrane (@CochraneCBCNL) November 25, 2014
The decision comes in the same week police in Ohio shot and killed a 12 year old boy who was waving a toy gun around in a playground.
Confirmed: shots fired across from #Ferguson PD and south of Ferguson PD.
— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) November 25, 2014