Darren Wilson not indicted by grand jury: Protests in Ferguson.

Live Blog: President Obama Appeals for Calm as Protests Continue in Ferguson

Live Blog: President Obama Appeals for Calm as Protests Continue in Ferguson

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Nov. 24 2014 10:45 PM

Live Blog: President Obama Appeals for Calm as Protests Continue in Ferguson

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President Obama makes a statement following the announcement of the grand jury's decision.

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Update, 10:58 p.m.: President Obama has made a statement from the White House. Here are a few excerpts from his remarks:

First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law. And so, 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…
I also appeal to the law enforcement officials in Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur. Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They’ve got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law. As they do their jobs in the coming days, they need to work with the community, not against the community, to distinguish the handful of people who may use the grand jury’s decision as an excuse for violence. Distinguish them from the vast majority who just want their voices heard around legitimate issues in terms of how communities and law enforcement interact.
Finally, we need to recognize that the situation in Ferguson speaks to broader challenges that we still face as a nation. 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 have made enormous progress in race relations over the course of the past several decades. I’ve witnessed that in my own life, and to deny that progress I think is to deny America’s capacity for change.  But what is also true is that there are still problems and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up. Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in a discriminatory fashion. I don’t think that’s the norm. I don’t think that’s true for the majority of communities or the vast majority of law enforcement officials. But these are real issues. nd we have to lift them up and not deny them or try to tamp them down. What we need to do is understand them and figure out how do we make more progress. And that can be done.
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Here’s the full transcript.

Update, 10:45 p.m.: Protests continue in Ferguson.

Update, 10:20 p.m.: The St. Louis Police County Police Department is tweeting about protests.

Update, 10:03 p.m.: Darren Wilson’s lawyers have released a statement on the grand jury decision.

In a case of this magnitude, a team of prosecutors rightfully presented evidence to this St. Louis County grand jury. This group of citizens, drawn at random from the community, listened to witnesses and heard all the evidence in the case. 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.
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Update, 9:30 p.m.: Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has announced that Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. this past August.  

Update, 8:50 p.m.: Watch the Darren Wilson grand jury announcement live via St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK:

Update, 8:30 p.m.: St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar has released a statement.

Update, 8:16 p.m.: The Brown family tells CNN’s Anderson Cooper they have not yet been informed about the grand jury’s decision.

Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump tells CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that the family still doesn't know the grand jury’s decision. “They have told us that they are going to tell us before they make the announcement publicly.”
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Update, 8:00 p.m.: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's press conference remarks, via CBS St. Louis:

“Later this evening, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney will announce the grand jury’s decision. While none of us knows what that will be, our shared hope and expectation is that regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect, and restraint.” (Full text here)

Update, 7:50 p.m.: Protests have begun in New York City and Chicago ahead of grand jury announcement.

Original post, 2:30 p.m.: Multiple outlets are reporting that the Missouri grand jury investigating officer Darren Wilson's role in the death of Michael Brown has reached a decision which will "likely" be announced later today. From CNN:

The announcement will come from the St. Louis County prosecutor, the sources said.
The sources did not know what decision will be announced.

Federal authorities are also investigating whether Wilson could be charged with violating Brown's civil rights, but have "all but concluded they don’t have a case," the Washington Post reports.

Post reporter Wesley Lowery, whose coverage of the Wilson/Brown/Ferguson story has been essential, says the grand jury announcement is not expected for "a few hours" and that he is currently "eating Chipotle."