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Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson shooting

The scene in Ferguson, Mo.
St. Louis County police respond to protesters blocking traffic Sunday in front of the Ferguson police station. (Armando L. Sanchez, Chicago Tribune /November 23, 2014)

Tribune wire reports

A Missouri grand jury has made a decision on whether to indict a
white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager
in Ferguson, a killing that sparked angry protests in the St.
suburb, prosecutors said on Monday.

The grand jury's decision will be disclosed later on Monday, said Ed
Magee, a spokesman for St.
Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, in an
e-mailed statement.
He did not say what the decision was.

The victim's father, Michael Brown Sr., told a group of protesters
outside the Ferguson Police Department that he had been told the grand
jury had reached its decision but said he did not know what it was.

"He's calling for peace and he wants people to be not violent, not
looting stores, not throwing things at police officers," said Byron
Conley, 51, who briefly spoke with Brown.
"I hope we can do this in a
peaceful way.
I just don't want no one to look at our little town
thinking we're a bunch of wild animals.
We're really good people here."

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