The Ferguson grand jury results are in this week, and Ferguson protests have ignited throughout the city in light of the controversial decision. No indictment will be set against police officer Darren Wilson following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black teen, back in August. CNN News reveals this Tuesday, November 25, 2014, that everything from riots and fires to violence directed towards police authorities have ensued this week. Law enforcement officials are trying their best to quell the public vehemence in its aftermath.
With a number of buildings being burned, the Ferguson grand jury results were not a popular one among many in the Missouri community this week. These Ferguson protests are unfortunately no longer peaceful; the remonstrations have escalated into serious public backlash and violence. Reports of stores being broken into, rocks being thrown at police officers, and guns being fired by random shooters throughout the town are just some of the incidents beign called in.
Although the riots were said to begin on Monday, dissent throughout Ferguson has continued into this Tuesday as well. A number of citizens are purportedly enraged after a Missouri grand jury made a court decision that Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, would not be indicted in the shooting and death of Michael Brown. These contentious results were expected by some, but many people believed that Wilson would be indicted, all the same.
Now, Police One News says this morning, those same citizens are acting out on their frustration and disappointment at the grand jury’s decision. Ferguson protests have erupted over feelings of police unfairness, racial injustice — particularly because Brown was a black teen while Wilson is a white man — and even political corruptness, adds the report. While some demonstrated peacefully, others began turning to arson and assault, starting fires and throwing stones at officers.
The decision to determine officer Darren Wilson should not be charged was said to be a difficult one for jurors. “They are the only people that have heard and examined every witness and every piece of evidence,” said one source of the jurors, “pour[ing] their hearts and soul into this process.” In order to try to stop the sudden violence that ignited in the city following the proceedings, Ferguson police used tear gas, even going so far as to shoot non-fatal “bean bags” into the masses of people out protesting in the streets. Some of the dissenters reminded the cops that this was the “United States … not Iraq.”
“This ain’t Iraq,” Demetric Whitlock yelled to a line of police officers on South Florissant Road, in front of the Ferguson Police Department. “This is the United States.” Sadly, however, as seen in some of the emerging photos of the violence, Ferguson, Missouri, surely looks like some war-torn part of the world. The skyline is hazed with fire and smoke, and some buildings can be seen burning in flames. Some police vehicles were torched in the Ferguson protests, while many citizens are still actively speaking against the grand jury’s choice to not indict the accused police officer.
Today, following the majority of the Ferguson protests, some city officials are working to clean up the devastation in the aftermath of last night, including broken glass, burned debris, and the scorched remains of local businesses. Authorities said they are in the process of charging a number of individuals for crimes including trespassing, theft, and arson. Approximately 61 arrests were made in Ferguson on Monday night alone, and with gunshots being heard throughout the night, many firefighters were delayed in putting out the flames. Schools were also closed today so students would be safe and off the streets.