After days of deliberating, a grand jury declined Monday night to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
The decision followed weeks of protests across the country that called for justice after Brown was killed. Now, many are once again calling for justice and are speaking out about their dissatisfaction with the decision. Below, check out our round-up of reactions from public figures on social media. For up-to-the-minute Ferguson coverage, click here.
A tragic decision to prevent the open airing of the evidence in the killing of an unarmed black youth, shot down by a cop with a gun.
— Michael Eric Dyson (@MichaelEDyson) November 25, 2014
Like I said before: I am not shocked that the grand jury did not indict #DarrenWilson. VERY FEW cops are ever indicted in fatal shootings.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) November 25, 2014
Mr. President: Why the hell don't you stand up and tell them that your killing of Black & Brown youth isn't going to hold no more! #Ferguson
— MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@LouisFarrakhan) November 25, 2014
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) November 25, 2014
Funny how the media doesn't show when justice is served like in the cases of Renisha Mcbride and Jordan Davis's killers.
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) November 25, 2014
P.S. I hope there's no violence because they're just itching to shoot somebody else. Call their bluff. Please. #Ferguson
— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) November 25, 2014
No value for black life. But they extrapolate our magic , sweat, our voice our fire... And leave us stripped of our right to exist
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) November 25, 2014
Just leaving yoga and hearing about the verdict of grand jury. Citizens please begin with prayer breathe be thoughtful. And safe
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) November 25, 2014
I know this hard. I know this is difficult. Do not succumb to the temptations of violence. There is a more powerful way. #FergusonDecision
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) November 25, 2014
I feel really bad for the family of Mike Brown. To my brothers & sisters in Ferguson my heart is with you & I will join you soon.
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) November 25, 2014
— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) November 25, 2014
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) November 25, 2014
Don't really recall "Wilson standing over Brown and firing into back of body" being a dominant narrative.
— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) November 25, 2014
Grand jury has decided not to indict Ofc Wilson in the "shooting death" of #MichaelBrown. A terrible tragedy. Tragic. 12 rounds.
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) November 25, 2014
— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) November 25, 2014
I guess we shouldn't be surprised anymore when stuff like this happens! #JusticeForMikeBrown
— Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) November 25, 2014
"Is this really justice?" -reporter
"I don't really have an answer to that question." -McCulloch
[WHY ARE YOU TALKING?]
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) November 25, 2014
This is the most bizarre presentation by a PROSECUTOR I have ever seen. He sound's like Wilson's attorney. #Ferguson
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) November 25, 2014
America was just hit at her knees and it will not be easy to get back up. #JusticeForMikeBrown
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) November 25, 2014
The ONLY thing I'm gonna say about Ferguson... Until WE value our lives, no one else will - Tony Rock
— Tony Rock (@TONYROCK) November 25, 2014
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) November 25, 2014
No need for the gas, we already had tears
— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) November 25, 2014
#FergusonDecision...I just found about the verdict...I feel sick to my stomach...I'm angry & confused...I feel betrayed....America is lost
— will.i.am (@iamwill) November 25, 2014
BEFORE YOU GO
11/30/2014 3:28 PM EST
Wilson Resigned Over Safety Concerns, Lawyer Says
he white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer, resigned from the force without any severance deal, the mayor of the St. Louis suburb said on Sunday.
The officer, Darren Wilson, announced his resignation late Saturday, saying he feared for his own safety and that of his fellow police officers after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
11/30/2014 7:27 AM EST
10 People Arrested During Portland's Ferguson Protest
PORTLAND, Ore (AP) — Authorities say 10 people have been arrested in Portland during a protest related to the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting.
The city police bureau says the arrests came Saturday night "after a large group of protesters laid down in the street and refused lawful orders to clear the roadway."
Earlier, the gathering over the Missouri shooting death of a black man by a white police officer included a speech by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
The Oregonian reports that Jackson urged nonviolence and said the resignation of the officer was "a step in the right direction," but that much remained to be done to achieve justice for the victim.
Police say that after Jackson left, some protesters marched around downtown and sporadically disrupted traffic.
Officials say some bottles were thrown at officers and a police car was damaged.
The nine adults and one juvenile arrested will face charges that include disorderly conduct.
11/29/2014 10:15 PM EST
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Large Police Presence
11/29/2014 9:42 PM EST
Saturday Night Protest In Ferguson
11/29/2014 9:26 PM EST
Armed 'Oath Keepers' Plan To Protest
The NYT reports that armed members of the group "Oath Keepers" are in Ferguson to offer their help protecting businesses from damage.
From the NYT:
The volunteers, who are sometimes described as a citizen militia — but do not describe themselves that way — have taken up armed positions on rooftops here on recent nights....
But on Saturday, with the county police said to be threatening the Oath Keepers with arrest, the volunteers decided to abandon their posts and instead protest against the authorities. Late in the day on Saturday, a protest was being planned for that night.
Read more here.
11/29/2014 6:56 PM EST
Darren Wilson Resigns From Ferguson Police Department
Darren Wilson has resigned from Ferguson police department.
Read his resignation letter below, via St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"I, Darren Wilson, hereby resign my commission as a police officer with the City of Ferguson effective immediately. I have been told that my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk, which is a circumstance that I cannot allow. For obvious reasons, I wanted to wait until the grand jury made their decision before I officially made my decision to resign. It was my hope to continue in police work, but the safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me. It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal. I would like to thank all of my supporters and fellow officers throughout this process."
11/27/2014 12:55 PM EST
Murals In Ferguson
The group that's out painting right now also did this mural. It's a block or so from the Ferguson PD pic.twitter.com/tqgIUhR8C0— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) November 27, 2014
11/27/2014 11:28 AM EST
Ferguson Protests Hit Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Unrest following the Ferguson grand jury's decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson has hit the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Using #StopTheParade as a rallying cry, protesters attempted to disrupt the annual parade in New York City. According to Mashable, police arrested some of the demonstrators just as the parade kicked off.
11/27/2014 11:19 AM EST
Ferguson Library Stays Open Throughout The Protests
MSNBC's Steve Kornacki reports on Ferguson's public library, which has remained open throughout the protests.
Over 50 volunteers helped staff the library, which provided free lunches to children as schools remained closed. The library also offered help to businesses who suffered damage during the protests following the grand jury's decision.
"We have a dramatic setting right now but it is not different than what libraries do every day," library director Scott Bonner said.