SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Outrage has intensified across the US as protests, sparked by a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager, spread to 170 cities in 37 states.
In Ferguson, Missouri, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Brown, 2,000 national guard troops were deployed to protect homes and businesses from rioting and looting. The suburb of St Louis has a predominately black population and a white-dominated police force.
The grand jury’s decision has sparked racially charged protests. The outrage on the streets now is more intense than the unrest that erupted in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. Police made 44 arrests and say protesters fired guns and hurled bricks at at them. Several police cars were set alight.
Lawyers speaking on behalf of Michael Brown Jr’s family have slammed a grand jury’s decision not to pursue criminal charges against police officer Darren Wilson. During a press conference, Benjamin Crump and Anthony Gray labelled the process “unfair”, accusing the prosecutor of having a conflict of interest.
Speaking about the information provided on the case, Crump said: “We went through as much of it as we could and saw how completely unfair the process was. We object (as) publically and loudly as we can – and on behalf of Michael Brown Jr’s family – that this process is broken. The process should be indicted.”
The Brown family did not comment. Crump spoke on their behalf, saying the family rejects violence and calls for calm. Civil Rights activist Reverand Al Sharpton called the grand jury decision “not surprising” and pushed for a thorough federal investigation.