9:10 p.m. EST: Police Officer Darren Wilson will not face charges for fatally shooting Michael Brown in a case that set off violent protests and racial unrest throughout the nation.
A St. Louis County grand jury has declined to indict Wilson, a 28-year-old white officer, for firing six shots in an August confrontation that killed the 18-year-old Brown, a black teenager, said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family.
The decision had been long awaited and followed rioting that resembled war-zone news footage in Ferguson, the black suburb of St. Louis.
“The jury was not inclined to indict on any charges,” Crump said after being informed of the decision by authorities.
Democrat Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called for calm after calling up National Guard troops to stand by in case of unrest. Speaking before the decision was announced, he urged that “regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint.”
Crowds gathered around the Ferguson police headquarters in anticipation of the announcement at the courthouse in Clayton, Mo., another St. Louis suburb.
The 12-person grand jury had been considering whether probable cause existed to bring charges against Wilson after their August 9 confrontation. The shooting inflamed tensions in a largely minority community that is patrolled by an overwhelmingly white police force.