In a rambling speech that indicted media coverage and protesters but not the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch announced late yesterday that no charges would be filed. The grand jury was made up of seven men and five women. Of them, nine were white and three black. At least nine of the twelve needed to agree on an indictment for it to happen.
Darren Wilson, who has resigned from the force, took time to get married, and has met with at least 5 TV anchors to decide who he can share his story with.
Meanwhile, protesters who were gathered outside Ferguson Police department last night awaiting the Grand Jury decision, raged with anger and grief when it was announced that Wilson would face not even a single charge. More than two dozens buildings and even some police cars were set alight. Fires burned all night and gunshots were heard. Police arrested more than 60 people.
Across the country, solidarity marches were held. In Los Angeles, where this program is produced, protesters blocked the 110 freeway and attempted to block the 10. In Oakland, hundreds of people blocked the I-580 and many streets. In New York more than a thousand people marched in Upper Manhattan, blocking bridges.
GUEST: BGyrl For Life, activist based in Ferguson, Missouri, runs the website www.handsupdontshoot.com and has been on the streets of Ferguson all evening.