Last night a grand jury found Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson not guilty in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
On August 9th, Brown was shot and killed by Wilson during an altercation. Police claim that Brown reached for Wilson’s weapon, while Brown’s family and several eyewitnesses claim that Wilson shot the teen while he was raising his hands to surrender.
After two days of deliberation, the grand jury, which consisted of three white jurors and three black jurors, decided by majority not to indict Officer Wilson. Wilson could have faced several charges ranging anywhere from first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter.
Following the trial, county prosecutor Robert McCulloch confirmed the verdict in a televised press conference saying, “No probably cause existed to charge Officer Wilson.”
After the verdict was made public, demonstrators began to riot. Thousands of protestors threw bricks, bottles and rocks, destroying several police cars. There have also been confirmed reports of looting and destruction of property.
Celebs immediately took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the verdict.
Katy Perry wrote, “Feeling stuck all the way over here in Sydney seeing the news just now… Sending my prayers to Ferguson & praying for an equal America.”
Lena Dunham went on to say, “All my love is with the family of Michael Brown. I applaud their strength and courage, mourn their loss, pray they see justice and change.”
Kerry Washington simply said, “Surreal.”