Ferguson, Missouri erupted last night after a grand jury held that white Officer Darren Wilson’s killing of black teenager Michael Brown was not a crime. Asked if refusing to take the matter to trial was passing the buck, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch released all the trove of evidence the grand jury looked at in making its decision. “No one can just file charges and go to a jury trial… We’re gathering evidence, presenting it to the grand jury. We do this every day, day in and day out. It’s certainly not passing the buck” Benjamin Crump, attorney for Brown’s family, vigorously disagreed, “The process is broken, the process should be indicted.”
After months of media coverage, the nation was ready for the decision, violence in Ferguson and protests in other cities. We get an update on reaction to last night’s decision, look at the process, the mountain of evidence and what the incident could mean for the country.
Toluse Olorunnipa, Bloomberg News (@ToluseO)
Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author (@Isabelwilkerson)
Kenya Vaughn, St. Louis American
Delores Jones-Brown, John Jay College Center on Race, Crime and Justice (@JohnJayResearch)
Farai Chideya, New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (@farai)
Obama on the Ferguson grand jury decision