US is racially divided again following a Missouri grand jury ruling in favour of a white police officer yesterday for the killing of a defenceless black teenager. This resulted in violent protests around St Louis.
According to the grand jury, there was no enough evidence to charge policeman Darren Wilson with crime for taking the young life of Michael Brown who was 18 years. The incident happened in a black town dominated by white governing structure.
Brown’s family are not pleased by the ruling.
A mob of people met outside the Ferguson Police Department for the proceedings. Upon hearing the news, they protested violently.
“Killers, you’re nothing but killers,” a woman screamed over a loudspeaker at officers. “Smelly killers.”
The grand jury, with nine white and three black members, began meeting in late August and heard evidence that included witnesses called by the prosecution as well as a private pathologist hired by the Brown family to review the shooting. Nine jurors needed to agree to bring charges.
The grand jury met on 25 days and heard more than 70 hours of testimony, McCulloch said.
Activists in cities such as New York, Chicago, Greensboro and North Carolina are planning to hold demonstrations in solidarity with the Ferguson protesters.