A grand jury decided not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests. Thousands of people protested in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York against the verdict.
Here are the LIVE updates from the event-
– PICTURE GALLERY: Ferguson burns after grand jury verdict
– St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch stressed that the grand jurors, who had met weekly since Aug. 20, were “the only people who heard every witness … and every piece of evidence.”
– In Los Angeles, which was rocked by riots in 1992 after the acquittal of police officers in the videotaped beating of Rodney King, police officers were told to remain on duty until released by their supervisors.
– St Louis County police said early Tuesday morning that two police cruisers also were burned and that he “personally heard about 150 shots fired” over the course of the night.
– St. Louis County police chief: Dozen buildings burn, ‘much worse’ than worst August protests.
– St Louis police say 29 arrests have been made in Ferguson.
– Q&A: A look at what’s ahead in the Ferguson case
– Dozens of building burning after jury decision.
– The racially charged case in Ferguson has inflamed tensions and reignited debates over police-community relations even in cities far from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb.
– In Seattle, marching demonstrators stopped periodically to sit or lie down in city intersections, blocking traffic before moving on, as dozens of police officers watched.
– Smashed window glass littered the sidewalks around many other businesses, from locally owned shops to a McDonalds along the main drag.
– A diverse crowd of several hundred protesters marched and chanted in St. Louis not far from the site of another police shooting, shutting down an interstate highway for a time.
– A police officer was shot near Ferguson, Missouri , say police.
– “We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make,” Obama said.
– Officers lobbed smoke, pepper spray and tear gas from inside armored vehicles to disperse the crowds.
– Multiple fires burned early Tuesday at local businesses, including at storage facility, auto parts stores and a beauty supply shop.
– The Federal Aviation Administration posted on Twitter that only inbound planes, not departures, are affected. The facility remains open.
– Outside the White House, a few hundred people protested peacefully, holding up signs reading “Justice for Michael Brown” and chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot”.
– Activists had been planning to protest even before the nighttime announcement that Officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
– Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions – statement from Wilson’s attorney
– Planes were being rerouted out of an at least 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) area near Ferguson.
– The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting the path of some flights into Lambert-St. Louis International Airport amid the unrest in Ferguson.
– Several businesses burned, looting and violence on the streets of Ferguson.
– A police car’s window were smashed and protesters tried to topple it before it was set ablaze.
– Police in Ferguson Missouri resorted to tear gas to disperse protesters.
– St Louis County Police report heavy automatic gunfire in one area of Ferguson after grand jury decision.
– “This is not just an issue for Ferguson, this is an issue for America,” Obama said. “There are still problems and communities of color aren’t just making this up.”
– Obama urges citizens to remain calm.
– “That won’t be done by using this as an excuse to vandalize property,” Obama said. “It certainly won’t be done by hurting anybody.”
– US President Barack Obama delivers a statement
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— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 25, 2014
– Thousands of people rallied in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately but peacefully protest
– Obama said it was understandable that some Americans would be “deeply disappointed — even angered” that police officer Darren Wilson wasn’t indicted.
– Ferguson shooting: Grand jury decides not to indict cop in the death of Michael Brown