Michael Brown, age 18, was shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014. The incident occurred, police say, after Wilson suspected Mike Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson of robbing a nearby convenience store. Wilson spotted the two walking in the street and ordered them to walk on the sidewalk. Reports say Wilson then positioned his vehicle to block the men which led to a physical altercation between Brown and Wilson at the window of his vehicle. Witness reports say that Wilson then fired his weapon causing Johnson and Brown to flee. Officer Wilson pursued the two men on foot, firing his weapon and striking Brown in the back. At that point, eyewitness Dorian Johnson said that Brown stopped, turned with his hands up and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” Johnson says that Wilson and Brown were then face to face as the officer fired several more shots.

Typically, a grand jury does not hear testimony from the individual who may be charged, however Officer Wilson testified for four hours. The St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, did not recommend any specific charges against Wilson which is also unusual for grand jury procedure. Finally, on November 24, 2014, a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for any crimes associated with the death of Michael Brown because of a lack of credible witnesses and sufficient evidence.

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