Read What Darren Wilson Told the Grand Jury About Shooting Michael Brown

Officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges for the shooting death of Michael Brown.

A grand jury has declined to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo. police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked days of turbulent protests and a national conversation about race and police interactions with African Americans, prosecutors said Monday.

The decision means that Wilson, 28, will face no state charges in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Although a parallel federal civil rights investigation of the shooting is continuing, federal investigators have all but concluded they do not have a case against Wilson, either, law enforcement officials have said.

A separate federal probe of the Ferguson Police Department is underway. But the prospect that Wilson will face no direct legal consequences for Brown’s death was expected to trigger protests in the St. Louis area, and in the hours before the announcement, scores of demonstrators gathered near the area where Brown was killed.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the grand jury’s decision in a lengthy news conference in which he went to great lengths to describe the investigation as fair and thorough. He called for protesters to remain calm, as did President Obama, who said in a statement from the White House: “First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law.”

Read What Darren Wilson Told the Grand Jury About Shooting Michael Brown

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