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Violent Protests In America As Grand Jury Decides Not To Indict Cop For Killing Unarmed Teen

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A 12 man jury consisting of 6 white men, 3 white women, 2 black women and a black man
met on 25 different occasions hearing over 70 hours of witness testimonies as well as 3 medical examiners and other experts on blood, toxicology and firearms before coming to the conclusion that officer Brown did not commit a crime by shooting and killing the unarmed teenager.

A grand jury’s decision not to indict a cop for killing unarmed black teen has resulted to violent protests in America. Thousands of people took to the streets of New York and Los Angeles to protest against the jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren (28) for shooting and killing 18 year old Michael Brown. According to the jury, officer Wilson acted ‘lawfully’.

Brown was shot and killed on the 9th of August 2014 and evidence released showed the teen was being pursued by Officer Darren in connection with a robbery that took place in a convenience store. The teen’s family who said they were ‘profoundly disappointed’ with the decision called for a peaceful protest against what they felt was lack of justice for their son’s death.

While many people came out to support the family and register their dissatisfaction as well, the protest did not stay peaceful as it turned violent and people started throwing stones, burning cars and building – and breaking into business premises and looting them as well as causing massive chaos.

A public storage center, Walgreens Pharmacy, a Little Caesars pizza shop, and petrol station, are some of the businesses that have been burnt down. There are reports of gunshots and it is alleged that police officers were being targeted by protesters. A Missouri cop has also been reported shot.

About 29 people have been arrested by the police while 13 are reported to have sustained injuries. No death has occurred and the police said they they have not fired a shot. However, tear gas and rubber bullets were fired by police.

Police watch as cars from a car dealership burn during rioting after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

A man walks past a burning building during rioting after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

Police watch a burning building after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

A man watches a burning building after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

A protester confronts a police officer after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

Police watch a burning building after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

A protester reacts to being pepper sprayed by police in Seattle

A protester looks on at a group of police officers after demonstrators ran onto Highway 580 during a demonstration following the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in Oakland

A man enters a burning Walgreens drug store after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

A masked protester holds a flare during a demonstration, following the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in Oakland

A police car burns on the street after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri A protester is pushed by a police officer off the ramp of Highway 580 during a demonstration, following the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in Oakland

Police officers take position in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown

Protesters demonstrate in Times Square after the grand jury's decision to not charge Ferguson police officer Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Brown was announced, in New York

Men try to stop protesters from throwing rocks at local businesses after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

Police search a building following rioting after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri November 24, 2014.

Police officers push a group of demonstrators on Highway 580 during a demonstration following the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in OaklandPHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS

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