Khadijah Forrest, The Black Bear – The streets of St. Louis, Missouri became flooded with protesters after St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that the grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown.
McCulloch said that members of the grand jury deliberated for more than two days; after 25 days of listening to witnesses, medical examiners, and viewing evidence; before finding that no probable cause existed to file charges against Officer Wilson.
The grand jury met for a total of 70 hours and heard from 60 witnesses, according to McCulloch.
“These grand jurors poured their hearts and soul into this process,” McCulloch said.
Brown’s family and President Barack Obama have asked for peaceful protest, yet protesters gathered in front of the Ferguson police station in a manner less than peaceful.
Officers began to ask protesters to disperse as the crowd got violent after the announcement was made.
Live coverage on a number of news stations have showed protesters trying to push over police cars, lighting fires to police cars, and throwing rocks and bottles at officers.
Officers have fired tear gas into the streets of Ferguson, trying to break up the crowds due to unlawful assembly.
Missouri State University’s Division for Diversity and Inclusion is encouraging students to attend the facilitated discussions about the grand jury’s decision scheduled during various times throughout the remaining of the semester.
The last discussions before Thanksgiving break will be held Tuesday Nov. 25 9-10:30 a.m. in PSU 314ABC and 6-7:30 p.m. in Temple Hall 2.
More events and discussions will be posted on the Diversity Blog. For additional information contact the Multicultural Resource Center at 417-836-5652.