Following the disappointing announcement that Darren Wilson, the police officer that shot and killed 18-year old unarmed Michael Brown would be let off the hook by the grand jury, hundreds of protesters broke loose and fired over 150 gunshots, razed down police cars, burned several buildings, and looted stores.
Anti-riot policemen arrested 29 persons, and a .45mm automatic handgun was seized by the police from the rioting crowd after series of pepper sprays, and smoke canisters had been fired to disperse the protesters.
According to Job Belmar, the St. Louis police department chief, “We have no loss of life, but I am disappointed the night turned out this way. What I’ve seen tonight is probably worse than the worst night we had in August.”
But after Bob McCulloch, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney announced the decision of the grand jury not to indict Darren Wilson, Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, who was sitting atop a vehicle burst into tears and began screaming before she was whisked away by sympathizers.
But the Brown’ family immediately issued a statement, “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.”
And within one hour of the Ferguson’s grand jury’s announcement, President Obama asked people to remain calm and law-abiding, saying “I join Michael’s parents to ask anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully. Let me repeat Michael’s father’s words: ‘Hurting others and destroying property is not answer. I do not want my son’s death to be in vain.'”
Comprised of 9 whites and 3 blacks, the grand jury met for a total 70 hours and cross-examined 60 witnesses – the panel had been meeting since August 20 for every week to examine evidence and witnesses before finally reaching a decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown.