Police arrest 20 people during a night of night of protests, during which some protesters throw both rocks and bottles against police. Police used loudspeakers to tell protesters to move out of traffic. When they don’t comply, several people are taken into custody. At least one officer fires pepper spray into the crowd. More arrests follow before protests and the police presence begins to diminish at 1 a.m.
A gunfight occurs between four policemen and 18-year-old Harris on the periphery of demonstrations commemorating the killing a year ago of Brown. Harris is shot and critically wounded by the police. County prosecutors file charges against Harris for felony assault on law enforcement officer. Authorities say that the shooting is not related to the Brown protests. Attorney General Lynch:
The weekend’s events were peaceful and promoted a message of reconciliation and healing. But incidents of violence, such as we saw last night, are contrary to both that message, along with everything that all of us, including this group, have worked to achieve over the past year.
The New Yorker runs a profile of Wilson, covering his early life, training as a police officer, the events surrounding Brown’s death, and his current situation. On the night after the shooting, he talks about being home with his wife:
Neither one of us knew what the reaction was going to be the next day. You know, a typical police shooting is: you get about a week to a week and a half off, you see a shrink, you go through your Internal Affairs interviews. And then you come back…We stayed up all night watching, like, ‘Oh, my God—what’s going on? What are they doing?’
When his wife’s six-year-old son asks him what is happening:
I said, ‘Well, I had to shoot somebody.’ And he goes, ‘Well, why did you shoot him? Was he a bad guy?’ I said, ‘Yeah, he was a bad guy.’
Police arrest Williams for shooting two police officers in Ferguson. Attorney General Eric Holder:
This arrest sends a clear message that acts of violence against our law enforcement personnel will never be tolerated. In the days ahead, we will continue to partner with the authorities in St. Louis County to secure justice for all those affected by this heinous and cowardly crime. And we will continue to stand vigilant in support of public safety officers and the communities they serve.
A member of the grand jury that doesn’t indict Ferguson police officer Wilson sues county prosecutor, McCulloch about the public’s impression of the grand jury’s inaccurate work. Grand juror:
I am seeking to speak out because the public’s impression of the grand jury’s work is not entirely accurate.
Martin, who is from the 80% black suburb of Berkeley, Mo., several miles from Ferguson, is shot dead on Christmas eve by a white police officer responding to a call of larceny at a gas station. The shooting is captured on security tape, and a weapon is recovered at the scene. Berkeley mayor Thodore Hoskins, who is African-American as are a majority of the city officials, holds a press conference to distance the shooting from other shootings of black young men by white police officers:
We’re trying to indicate that this wasn’t the same as Ferguson. You couldn’t even compare this with Ferguson or the Garner case in New York.
A St. Louis officer faces disciplinary action for wearing a tag on his sleeve bearing the last name of the former Ferguson officer who shot and killed Brown. The officer wears the Wilson tag to show solidarity while stationed at City Hall. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson:
I couldn’t be more disappointed and I thinks the officer will get some days off for his actions. We spend a lot of time working on professionalism and building a bridge in the community.
James, Garnett, Irving, and Williams wear the black shirts with white text during the pre-game warmups for the Nets-Cavs clash, after Bulls guard Derrick Rose wore the same shirt in a Saturday pre-game warmup in solidarity for Garner. Nets guard Jarrett Jack, who played for the Cavs last season and says he supplied the Cavs players with the shirts after he heard James was looking for them:
I just heard people’s opinion on the topic, and I know [the Cavaliers] are on the road, this is the place where it happened, so if they wanted to be a part of the cause or make a statement without actually necessarily saying any words, I definitely extended the invitation…I know us as a team we’re gonna go out and try to make a stance and show that we’re a team that’s not with prejudice. We want to have tolerance for everybody.
A federal autopsy in the Ferguson police shooting reaches similar conclusions to those performed by local officials and a private examiner hired by Brown’s family. The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System’s autopsy on Brown:
Was among grand jury documents that St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch released Monday with little explanation. Other documents include transcripts of eight federal interviews of possible witnesses to Brown’s shooting in early August; police radio traffic; and an alleged audio recording of the shots fired by Wilson.
Johnson, a friend of deceased teenager Brown was with him when he was shot. A law enforcement interview with Johnson is not included among thousands of pages of documents released after a grand jury decided not to indict officer Wilson in the case. Ed Magee, spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch:
If it’s not there, it’s not there. I don’t know what was released.
The St. Louis Prosecutors office releases new documents from the investigation into the death of Brown. The documents include eight partially redacted transcripts of FBI interviews with witnesses and a transcript of Prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s Nov. 24 announcement that the grand jury did not indict Ferguson Officer Wilson in Brown’s death. The 53 recordings of police radio traffic between Ferguson officers and the police dispatcher, begin with a report of a stealing in progress. Police radio dispatch exchanges:
Send us several more units over here. There’s gonna be a problem. We’re gonna need crowd control here.
Johnson, friend of deceased teenager Brown is hired by the city of St. Louis through a training program. 22 year old Johnson is working through a state-grant program called St. Louis’ Agency on Training and Employment, or SLATE. Jeff Rainford:
Johnson met the program’s low eligibility requirements.
MugShots, a bar in St. Joseph, Missouri is offering Brown shot specials. The bar is selling the shots on a special at six shots for $10.00 and facing public scrutiny and controversy. Bar Co-owner:
It looked like it was getting a good response so I just decided to use it here.
MugShots bar owner is apologizing to the public and has stopped offering the Brown shot deal:
It’s not meant to cause any harm. I should have thought a little bit more about it before I made it a shot special.
Head is being investigated by St. Louis County police for intending to incite a riot. Head yelled ‘Burn this motherf—er down!’ and ‘Burn this bitch down’ in front of a crowd, after learning of the Ferguson Grand Jury decision. Police Chief Tom Jackson:
We are pursuing those comments, and there’s a lot of discussion going on about that right now, but I really can’t get into that at this time. We can’t let all that happened in Ferguson and Dellwood and the community die. Everyone who is responsible for taking away people’s property, their livelihoods, their jobs, their businesses — every single one of them needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
President Obama announces new actions aimed at boosting accountability of local law enforcement and improving policing policies in minority communities. The policies include: 50,000 Police Body Cameras, Task Force on Police Practices, White House Report on Police Militarization and Executive Order on Military-Style Equipment Acquisition. House officials:
We believe the cameras would also help improve trust between communities and their police forces. The program is one piece of a $263 million budget request that also includes money for training of law enforcement officers and more resources to reform police departments.
Barkley calls the Ferguson rioters ‘scumbags’ in an interview on Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic. Barkley says he supports the Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision.
Those aren’t black people, those are scumbags. There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people’s businesses, burning down police cars. The true story came out from the grand jury testimony. Three or four witnesses, who were black, said exactly what the cop [WILSON] said.
Knowles, Ferguson mayor, announces during a press conference that Wilson will not receive severance pay.
There is no severance agreement with Officer Wilson and the city of Ferguson and the city of Ferguson will not be making a severance payment to Officer Wilson. Now is the time for the city of Ferguson to begin it’s healing process.
Wilson resigns from the Ferguson Police Department, effective immediately, after being told by the department they had received threats of violence if he stayed on the force.
I’m not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me.
Andrews, a former Defense Department contractor who is now a weapons engineer, recruits citizens to guard the rooftops of Ferguson businesses under the auspices of the national group “Oath Keepers”.
It’s really a broad group of citizens, and I’m sure their motivations are all different. In many of them, there’s probably a sense of patriotism. But I think in most of them, there’s probably something that they probably don’t even recognize: that we have a moral obligation to protect the weakest among us. When we see these violent people, these arsonists and anarchists, attacking, it just pokes at you in a deep place. I don’t want any racists in my group. I don’t want any people who want to visit violence on any group. I only want professionals with real credentials that can be verified and have experience in dealing with violence.
Wilson is expected to receive around $1 million in donations from the Support Officer Darren Wilson organization, which was started by a woman who will not reveal her name due to fear of backlash. The woman says that her father was shot by a cop, but maintains that it was her father’s fault.
You have to be accountable and my dad had to be accountable. He wasn’t a bad person, Mike Brown might not have been a bad person but he made a very bad choice that day. My dad made a very bad choice back in 1995 and there are consequences to those actions, especially when you fight a police officer.
St. Louis protesters call for a boycott to draw attention to racial injustice after the fatal shooting of teenager, Brown. A group of 75 people chant inside a Brentwood, Mo., Target. Protesters:
Hey-hey, Ho-Ho these killer cops they got to go.
Ferguson residents and volunteers paint over plywood boards on neighborhood businesses and prepare Thanksgiving meals for 250 protesters. Becky Kern-Ryan, volunteer:
It was important to me to get the kids out just to do something positive. We couldn’t sit at home and just wait for other people to fix things.
A St. Louis shopping mall is temporarily closed on Black Friday when protesters march into the Galleria and lie down on the third floor. Mall workers cheer at the protesters. Lisa Jones, Macy’s employee:
I don’t care if they try to fire me. I got the right to speak.
Moments after the announcement is made, Brown’s stepfather shouts to the crowd:
Burn this motherf—er down…Burn this bitch down!
McSpadden and Brown Sr. describe the last 36 hours following the Grand Jury’s decision, Officer Wilson’s interview and the justice system:
My son respected law enforcement, who in their right mind would rush or charge at a police officer that has his gun drawn. It sounds crazy.
Crump: When you have people of color be killed they try to demonize and play on the stereotypes, and they try to put the police officer who killed our children on a pedestal. It’s just not right, and we have to fix this system.
McSpadden and Brown Sr. give their account on the events that happened in Ferguson on August 9th, 2014. McSpadden:
My son was running for his life and his father has had a conversation with him about how to deal with the authorities if you’re approached.
Williams tells Ebony magazine that although he doesn’t agree with the Grand Jury’s decision in Ferguson, he thinks Michael Brown’s behavior leading up to his death was ‘bully-ish’.
It looked very bully-ish; that in itself I had a problem with. Not with the kid, but with whatever happened in his life for him to arrive at a place where that behavior is OK. Why aren’t we talking about that? The boy was walking in the middle of the street when the police supposedly told him to “get the f*** on the sidewalk.” If you don’t listen to that, after just having pushed a storeowner, you’re asking for trouble.
McSpadden and Brown Sr. voice their opinions on respect, equality and the justice system. McSpadden:
Why is it so important to cover this up for this man, he is wrong. What does this do for Ferguson….really.
Obama addresses the grand jury decision from the White House as rioters overtook streets in the St. Louis suburb and cable TV broadcasts showed them setting fires and attacking police cars.
We need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make. There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction. But I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully.
The fact is, in too many parts of this country, a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color. Some of this is the result of the legacy of racial discrimination in this country. And this is tragic because nobody needs good policing more than poor communities with higher crime rates. We need to recognize that this is not just an issue for Ferguson, this is an issue for America.
In documents released by St Louis County after the grand jury decision an 18-year-old unidentified witness describes Brown charging at Wilson.
Dang if that kid didn’t start running right at the cop like a football player head down.
The witness told of hearing three bangs, but:
The big kid wouldn’t stop.
The dark-coloured Subaru Outback is reported by witnesses to honk at protestors near the Minneapolis Police’s 3rd Precinct building at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue S, before moving from a standing start to go around another car and into the intersection, striking at least one solidarity protestor and apparently running over her legs. Other protestors jump on the car’s hood and strike its windows before it drives off. Other demonstrators stand hand-in-hand around the woman, who is the only one treated for injuries. She is attended by paramedics in the intersection before being wheeled into an ambulance and taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with very minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle eventually stopped near E 31st Street and 42nd Avenue S., and the male driver is reported to be cooperating with police.
Wilson’s lawyers release a statement:
From the onset, we have maintained and the grand jury agreed that Officer Wilson’s actions on August 9 were in accordance with the laws and regulations that govern the procedures of an officer. Based on the evidence and witness testimony, the grand jury collectively determined there was no basis for criminal charges against Officer Wilson. Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions. Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law.
Wilson’s attorney, Neil Bruntrager, described the past few days as ‘tense’ for his client, who has reportedly received a number of death threats
(Not being indicted) is a brief respite, but certainly not the end of things for him.
Brown’s parent’s respond to the grand jury decision:
We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference
Stephanopolous conducts the first interview of Darren Wilson in a ‘secret location’. The hour long interview is set to air Tuesday, November 25 on World News with David Muir and Nightline and Wednesday, Nov. 26, on Good Morning America. Stephanopolous says Wilson told him that while he is sorry for the death of Brown, he would not change how he handled the situation. Stephanopolous:
He does not think he could have done anything differently. He says he did what he was trained to do. He has a clean conscience over his actions that day.
Host, Tyler requests peace throughout the nation after the Grand Jury’s verdict regarding the Brown shooting:
I am outraged and I want to act but I really just feel depressed. I expected that he wasn’t going to be indicted, he fired at an unarmed kid 12 times.
The morning after the grand jury’s decision, the town of Ferguson smolders after a night of unrest. Over a dozen buildings and businesses are looted and torched. Cars and police cruisers are vandalized and left charred. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar:
I heard about 150 gunshots, none from police. What I’ve seen tonight is probably much worse than the worst night we had in August.
Brown, McSpadden and Brown Sr. give their reactions to the grand jury decision, officer Wilson and the violence in Ferguson. McSpadden:
My son doesn’t have a history of violence, one image does not paint a persons entire life or their entire past on how they were. We all do have a past….
Two dozen protesters are arrested by Atlanta police for felony weapons, property destruction and blocking traffic on the Downtown Connector. Protester, Kristen Strouble:
I got arrested because somebody else was throwing rocks. One hit me, another rock hit a cop car, and a cop came up behind me and grabbed me and said, Yeah, you.
Brooks cancels scheduled talk show appearances following the Ferguson decision, saying he feels it is wrong to promote his music during ‘civil unrest’.
We landed in NY last night to the news of the civil unrest that was going on in our nation. Love one another.
To voice their opinion regarding the grand jury verdict, protestors in Seattle throw rocks at cars and shut down I-5.
— John de Leon (@DeLeon_Times) November 25, 2014
Protesters gather on the fifth floor on Chicago’s City Hall to demonstrate against the grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson. The sit-in protest, organized by the Black Youth Project 100 activist group, is expected to last 28 hours. Activist:
An unarmed black person is killed by a police officer, security guard or vigilante every 28 hours in the United States.
Sharpton responds to the Ferguson Grand Jury decision by calling it ‘an absolute blow’. Sharpton says he will hold a press conference in Ferguson on Tuesday 25 Nov.
It was expected, but still an absolute blow to those of us that wanted to see a fair and open trial. I think that it is clear that even when you see a blow coming … it still hurts nonetheless. Ferguson is not just Missouri. We can lose a round, but the fight is not over.
Paul blames politicians and the war on drugs for the Ferguson tragedy in an op-ed for Time. Rand writes:
In the search for culpability for the tragedy in Ferguson, I mostly blame politicians. Michael Brown’s death and the suffocation of Eric Garner in New York for selling untaxed cigarettes indicate something is wrong with criminal justice in America. The War on Drugs has created a culture of violence and put police in a nearly impossible situation. In Ferguson, the precipitating crime was not drugs, but theft. But the War on Drugs has created a tension in some communities that too often results in tragedy.
Chaos spreads throughout the streets of Ferguson after the verdict is given. Resident:
F*ck the police with their bitch asses.
Wilson’s testimony to the grand jury is released
Photos released by St. Louis County officials show the extent of Wilson’s injuries:
McSpadden cries out in despair on the top of a car after she learns of the grand jury’s decision regarding her deceased son, Brown:
Everybody wants me to be calm, do they know how those bullets hit my son? What they did to his body as they entered his body?
The grand jury decides that Wilson will not face charges in the shooting death of Brown. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney McCulloch says the 12 members of the grand jury had met on 25 separate days over three months and heard testimony from about 60 witnesses, along with experts on blood, DNA, toxicology and firearms.
[They] poured their hearts and soul into this process. They gave up their lives, put their lives on hold, put their families on hold.
He said many witness accounts, many on social media, conflicted with the case’s physical evidence. For example, he added, some witnesses said Brown was shot in the back while running away from Wilson, but autopsy results showed no wounds to the back of his body.
There is no question that Darren Wilson caused the death of Michael Brown by shooting him, but the inquiry does not end there. But the duty of the grand jury is to separate fact and fiction…no probable cause exists to file any charges against Darren Wilson.
The grand jury decision is has been made and an announcement will follow.