On Monday night, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri voted NOT to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed 18-year old Michael Brown in August.
Riots broke out in the streets for days following the incident and, as documented in the following video, unrest followed the grand jury verdict once again last night.
Prosecutor Bob McCulloch explained via press conference that the grand jury found no probable cause for any of the charges considered against Wilson.
The officer could have faced prosecution for first-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting of Michael Brown, whose death has led to so much unrest.
In response, President Barack Obama addressed the nation, pushing for calm, while celebrities from across all industries expressed their reaction on Twitter…
Russell Simmons: the D.A never represented the people properly. He never wanted an indictment. violent ones in the streets are likely those who didn’t vote.
LeBron James, who posted a drawing of Michael Brown arm in arm with Trayvon Martin, wrote:
“As a society how do we do better and stop things like this happening time after time!! I’m so sorry to these families. Violence is not the answer people. Retaliation isn’t the solution as well.”
Charlie Sheen: Officer Wilson, You are a murderer. Shame on you. Parents are NOT supposed to bury their children. You think about that. #Losing.
Katy Perry: Feeling stuck all the way over here in Sydney seeing the news just now… Sending my prayers to Ferguson & praying for an equal America.
Kerry Washington: Surreal.
Lena Dunham: All my love is with the family of Michael Brown. I applaud their strength and courage, mourn their loss, pray they see justice and change.
Katherine Heigl: My heart and sympathy goes out to Michael Browns family. They’re words and actions are remarkable considering their deep sorrow and grief.
Gabrielle Union: Heavy heart, angry soul… we matter. ALL our lives matter. Hear us, feel us, respect us…
Shonda Rhimes: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Magic Johnson: We must work together to stop the unnecessary loss of young men of color. Justice was not served in Ferguson.
Josh Groban: My thoughts are with the Ferguson community. I hope the frustration, as well as the love for the Brown family, shows itself through peace.
O.J. Simpson was arrested for the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman, leading to the trial of the century in 1994-95.
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