A Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. The decision, though controversial, is not a surprise for those who have been paying close attention to the case since Brown was first shot on August 9. Officer Wilson, 28, shot and killed Brown in the midst of an arrest/altercation. The details of the incident have been hotly debated on the news and social media for nearly four months and have become a focal point in the ongoing debate over race and police brutality in America.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson has already stated that Officer Wilson would be welcomed back to the force if acquitted by the grand jury. Despite this, rumors have circulated that Wilson will resign from the force once a grand jury decision is handed down. Wilson has been on paid leave since the August 9 shooting. During that time Officer Wilson quietly married Barbara Spradling, a fellow Ferguson officer.
A state of emergency was declared early last week which has come to include the presence of the national guard as well as the FBI.