posted at 18:51
Author: Amanda Wills
No indictment for Ferguson cop who shot Michael Brown
Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, will not be indicted on any charges, a St. Louis County grand jury decided Monday. In a statement released to the public, the Brown family said they were "Profoundly disappointed" that no charges were brought against Wilson. Wilson shot the unarmed black teenager six times, including twice in the head. There have been several accounts of how the fatal incident played out, but one reoccurring image is that of Brown with his hands in the air. Witnesses said Wilson and Brown faced each other in the middle of the street, and the teenager had his hands up, as though he were surrendering, just before Wilson discharged the final shots. Supporters of Wilson say Brown was running toward him, not surrendering. Graham, who is not part of the official investigation, said Brown's autopsy report "Does support that there was a significant altercation at the car." The accompanying toxicology report also revealed Brown had marijuana in his system. Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Brown's parents, told The Associated Press that Wilson's account was "Self-serving" and that it doesn't matter what happened in the car beforehand. The Ferguson police department is now under federal investigation for possible civil rights violations stemming from the riots in August after Brown's death when cops shot rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters.

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