Protests have gone nationwide
New York Live Feed:
BREAKING NEWS: PROTESTERS HAVE JUST SHUT DOWN THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE IN ADDITION TO THE MANHATTAN & TRI-BORO BRIDGES - http://t.co/cFfxvUcVgR— PzFeed Top News (@PzFeed) November 25, 2014
against historical judgement, the march attempts to cross the Triborough Bridge :( pic.twitter.com/iMwnsYFD0r— mask magazine (@mask_mag) November 25, 2014
And in LA... blocked I-10
Oakland protest gettng violent... and have blocked I-580
And Ferguson is in flames...
BREAKING NEWS: Police officer shot in University City near Ferguson, condition unknown - St. Louis Post Dispatch— PzFeed Top News (@PzFeed) November 25, 2014
HAPPENING NOW: Rioters have set yet another business in Ferguson on fire pic.twitter.com/LfLknlqNql— PzFeed Top News (@PzFeed) November 25, 2014
And a CNN reporter just got hit in the head with a rock live on air
- *U.S. DEPT. OF JUSTICE PROBE OF BROWN SHOOTING CONTINUES: HOLDER
- *FEDERAL INQUIRY IS INDEPENDENT OF LOCAL FERGUSON PROBE: HOLDER
- *ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER CALLS FOR END OF VIOLENCE
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UPDATE: Live Reaction Feed in Ferguson:
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Confirmed: shots fired across from #Ferguson PD and south of Ferguson PD.— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) November 25, 2014
Response in NYC
Officer Wilson's response...
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The Grand Jury result will be announced at 9ET...
- *WILSON WON'T BE CHARGED, MICHAEL BROWN'S FAMILY SAY: USATODAY
- *FERGUSON POLICE OFFICER AVOIDS INDICTMENT FOR TEEN'S KILLING
- *GRAND JURY RETURNS NO TRUE BILL ON ALL 5 POSS. CHARGES
- *OFFICER DARREN WILSON SHOT UNARMED BLACK TEENAGER IN MISSOURI
Michael Brown's father is "devastated" by grand jury's decision, spokeswoman says - CNN— PzFeed Top News (@PzFeed) November 25, 2014
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AG McCullough appeared to blame social media...
Apparently Mike Brown was shot and killed by social media.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) November 25, 2014
For those wondering why release the decision so late
Live Feed (via NBC)
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Crowds are gathering
Just in case...
UPDATE: The Ferguson School District has been closed for tomorrow.
And protests are spreading
And citywide Tactical alert...
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Having quietly got married this weekend, the 28-year-old Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson - who fatally shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown in August - will discover shortly after 5pmET today if he will stand trial for Brown's death after the grand jury verdict is released by the St.Louis prosecutors office. As Brown's lawyer previously noted "ninety-nine percent of the time the police officer is not held accountable for killing a young black boy," Crump said. "The police officer gets all the consideration." Dragging the decision out over the weekend has some fearing it has merely stoked tensions, and protests have already been arranged for later this evening. Police, as we previously noted, are prepared; and the White House has reiterated their call for calm. After-school activities in Ferguson have been cancelled (somewhat suggesting the outcome is not what Ferguson residents are hoping for).
We shall see shortly...
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Some background color from ABC
The Grand Jury
Locals are preparing
The White House has reiterated its calls for peaceful protest...
BREAKING: President Obama urges those who wish to protest in #Ferguson to do so peacefully: White House spokesman— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 24, 2014
Perhaps something to consider...
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Could be a long night...
Maybe the preparation was worth it...
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Media is in Ferguson en masse
Not everyone agrees with the decision...
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A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. (via FOX)
AUG. 9 — Brown and a companion, both black, are confronted by an officer as they walk back to Brown's home from a convenience store. Brown and the officer, who is white, are involved in a scuffle, followed by gunshots. Brown dies at the scene, and his body remains in the street for four hours in the summer heat. Neighbors later lash out at authorities, saying they mistreated the body.
AUG. 10 — After a candlelight vigil, people protesting Brown's death smash car windows and carry away armloads of looted goods from stores. In the first of several nights of violence, looters are seen making off with bags of food, toilet paper and alcohol. Some protesters stand atop police cars and taunt officers.
AUG. 11 — The FBI opens an investigation into Brown's death, and two men who said they saw the shooting tell reporters that Brown had his hands raised when the officer approached with his weapon and fired repeatedly. That night, police in riot gear fire tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse a crowd.
AUG. 12 — Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson cancels plans to release the name of the officer who shot Brown, citing death threats against the police department and City Hall.
AUG. 14 — The Missouri Highway Patrol takes control of security in Ferguson, relieving St. Louis County and local police of their law-enforcement authority following four days of violence. The shift in command comes after images from the protests show many officers equipped with military style gear, including armored vehicles, body armor and assault rifles. In scores of photographs that circulate online, officers are seen pointing their weapons at demonstrators.
AUG. 15 — Police identify the officer who shot Brown as Darren Wilson, 28. They also release a video purporting to show Brown robbing a convenience store of almost $50 worth of cigars shortly before he was killed, a move that further inflames protesters.
AUG. 16 — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declares a state of emergency and imposes a curfew in Ferguson.
AUG. 17 — Attorney General Eric Holder orders a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on Brown.
AUG. 18 — Nixon calls the National Guard to Ferguson to help restore order and lifts the curfew.
AUG. 19 — Nixon says he will not seek the removal of St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch from the investigation into Brown's death. Some black leaders questioned whether the prosecutor's deep family connections to police would affect his ability to be impartial. McCulloch's father was a police officer who was killed in the line of duty when McCulloch was a child, and he has many relatives who work in law enforcement.
AUG. 20 — Holder visits Ferguson to offer assurances about the investigation into Brown's death and to meet with investigators and Brown's family. In nearby Clayton, a grand jury begins hearing evidence to determine whether Wilson should be charged.
AUG. 21 — Nixon orders the National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson.
SEPT. 25 — Holder announces his resignation but says he plans to remain in office until his successor is confirmed.
SEPT. 25 — Ferguson Chief Tom Jackson releases a videotaped apology to Brown's family and attempts to march in solidarity with protesters, a move that backfires when Ferguson officers scuffle with demonstrators and arrest one person moments after Jackson joins the group.
OCT. 10 — Protesters from across the country descend on the St. Louis region for "Ferguson October," four days of coordinated and spontaneous protests. A weekend march and rally in downtown St. Louis draws several thousand participants.
OCT. 13 — Amid a downpour, an interfaith group of clergy cross a police barricade on the final day of Ferguson October as part of an event dubbed "Moral Monday." The protests extend beyond Ferguson to sites such as the nearby headquarters of Fortune 500 company Emerson Electric and the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, site of a Monday Night Football game between the St. Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers.
OCT. 21 — Nixon pledges to create an independent Ferguson Commission to examine race relations, failing schools and other broader social and economic issues in the aftermath of Brown's death.
NOV. 17 — The Democratic governor declares a state of emergency and activates the National Guard again ahead of a decision from a grand jury. He places the St. Louis County Police Department in charge of security in Ferguson, with orders to work as a unified command with St. Louis city police and the Missouri Highway Patrol.
NOV. 18 — Nixon names 16 people to the Ferguson Commission, selecting a diverse group that includes the owner of construction-supply company, two pastors, two attorneys, a university professor, a 20-year-old community activist and a police detective. Nine of its members are black. Seven are white.
NOV. 24 - Grand Jury finds...