'This is wrong!' Mother of Michael Brown Collapses Outside Ferguson Police Station
- At an 8:30pm CT press conference in Missouri on Monday night it was announced that Wilson will not face trial over the teen's death
- Ferguson officer Darren Wilson shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on August 9
- Brown's family issued a statement saying they were 'profoundly disappointed' with the decisions, while calling for peaceful protests
- Authorities braced for riots following months of unrest in the St Louis suburb
- The U.S. Attorney General has urged police to show restraint in dealing with protests
- It emerged on Monday that Wilson had married a fellow Ferguson officer in October; he is reportedly negotiating his resignation with police officials
- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency; FBI agents and National Guard on hand
- Ferguson schools closed on Tuesday amid fears of unrest on the streets
A grand jury has decided that police officer Darren Wilson will not face charges for shooting dead unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
After months of waiting, the decision was finally made public late on Monday as the St Louis suburb of Ferguson braced for protests following months of unrest in a case which has become a flash point for race relations in the U.S.
A jury of seven men and five women delivered the verdict that Wilson, a white officer, should not be indicted for shooting the black teen six times on August 9.
Michael Brown's mother collapsed in tears as the verdict was announced - as the victim's stepfather screamed 'Burn this b**** down'.
Meanwhile, Wilson's attorneys issued a statement in which he thanked 'those who have stood by his side throughout the process'.
As the news filtered out, violent scenes emerged on the streets of Ferguson, as protesters began throwing rocks and bottles at police in riot gear, and even smashed the windshields of cars. Police in riot gear responded by throwing tear gas into the crowds.
No charges: A grand jury has decided that police officer Darren Wilson (left) will not face charges for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, 18, (right) in Ferguson, Missouri
Outcry: Michael Brown's mother , sen in a white beanie and sunglasses, being held by a man in a green baseball shirt, collapsed after heading the decision Monday night
Emotional moment: Sources at the scene say Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden sobbed uncontrollably while Brown's stepfather yelled 'burn this b**** down'
Shots fired: Michael Brown was shot six times by Officer Darren Wilson (scene on left) in the St Louis suburb on August 9, sparking months of protests over the cop killing of an unarmed black teen. Around 8:30pm CT, county prosecutor Robert McCulloch (right) announced the grand jury's decision not to charge officer Wilson
Demonstrating: Crowds began gathering outside the barricades surrounding the Ferguson, Missouri police headquarters after the decision was announced Monday night
|A woman approaches the barricade to confront the police outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri after the grand jury's decision was announced|