A St. Louis County grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson on any criminal charges in the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The nationally televised announcement is the climax to a story that has captivated the nation and amplified racial tensions, with fierce clashes between protesters and police in a majority black town with a largely white police force. The incident and its aftermath resurfaced America's long complicated history with race, violence, and law enforcement.
St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch began the announcement with a detailed explanation of the investigation, at times criticizing the media's "insatiable appetite" in following the case and "non-stop rumors on social media."
"The duty of the grand jury is to separate fact from fiction," he said. "They are the only people who have heard and examined every witness and every piece of evidence."
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