Monday, November 24, 2014
The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo have found officer Darren Wilson justified in the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014.
There has been speculation that the verdict has been known even before the grand jury left for the weekend to go home.
Details of the grand jury’s deliberations have leaked out in recent weeks, angering the Brown family and protesters who saw it as a signal that no charges would be filed.
Prosecutor Bob McCulloch made the announcement at 8:21 pm CT.
Officer Wilson has been on paid leave since the shooting, and Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Thursday that the officer was unlikely to return to work regardless of the grand jury’s decision. That reversed an earlier declaration that the officer would be welcomed back if not indicted.
Wilson shot Brown during a confrontation on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, blocks from the apartment of the teenager’s grandmother. The panel of grand jurors convened in mid-August, days after the shooting, and spent weeks considering the case.