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Protesters react to Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson

UPDATED at 10:25 p.m. EST | A St. Louis County grand jury will not indict police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.

Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said there was “no probable cause” for an indictment.

The Brown family released the following statement following the grand jury’s announcement:

We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.

While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.

Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.

We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.

Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch crime reporter Christine Wilson tweeted Darren Wilson’s written statement shortly after the decision was announced:

President Barack Obama made a statement following the announcement.

Before, during and after McCulloch announced the decision, people gathered in Ferguson and beyond preparing to protest in the event no indictment was declared. #Ferguson, #FergusonRiotTips, #BlackLivesMatter, #Chi2Ferguson, #MikeBrown and #FergusonDecision were included in tweets around the country. And demonstrators took to the streets in Chicago, New York City, Oakland, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Ferguson, and elsewhere.

Throughout the day, the St. Louis area prepared for protests ahead of that revelation.

Surrounding school districts took precaution and closed school Tuesday. The decision affects thousands of students.

In a press conference prior to the grand jury’s announcement, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for “peace, respect and restraint.”

People in Ferguson, Missouri, and cities around the U.S. readied for the grand jury’s announcement earlier in the day and night.

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