Report: no indictment in Ferguson case

A white police officer will not face charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in a case that set off violent protests and racial unrest throughout the nation, USA Today reports.

For the full story on the Ferguson, Missouri case, go here.

Following the decision of a grand jury in Ferguson not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, Newark Communities for Accountable Policing (N-CAP) issues the following statement:

“Today’s announcement reminds all Americans of the troubling reality of the treatment by police of communities of color in the United States. When Black, teen-age males are 21 times more likely to be shot and killed by police than their White peers, we must acknowledge that we face a national policing crisis.

“Ferguson may be a thousand miles away, but Newark communities also suffer from an absence of police accountability that has led to countless incidents of misconduct and abuse, including the use of excessive force, unconstitutional stop-and-frisk practices, and racially disparate enforcement. We too have a policing crisis in Newark.  As our work to build a respectful, accountable, and transparent police department continues, we join in solidarity with the people of Ferguson and communities all across the United States fighting for justice and equality.”

NJ Working Families executive director Analilia Mejia also issued a statement in response to the grand jury’s decision on the Brown shooting.
“Today’s decision is more evidence of a singularly toxic truth: in the United States a young black man may be shot and killed without cause without it being considered a crime,” Mejia said. “A society that is unjust towards one is unjust towards all, and it should come as no surprise that the killing of Michael Brown has captured the eyes of America and the world. We must recommit ourselves changing not just hearts and minds, but also the laws and public officials that perpetuate a system in which all lives lack equal worth. May today’s injustice spark a nationwide movement for equality and justice for all.”

  Report: no indictment in Ferguson case