Live blog part 1: Grand jury decision in Michael Brown shooting

2 years 6 months 3 days ago November 24, 2014 Nov 24, 2014 Monday, November 24 2014 Monday, November 24, 2014 7:00:00 PM CST in News
By: Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director

COLUMBIA -(This is part one of our live blog. Read part two on immediate reaction to the grand jury decision and part three on escalating violence.)

A Missouri grand jury reached a decision Monday not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 18 shooting death of Michael Brown.

The jurors heard evidence over a three-month period and had the option to return an indictment on any of the following charges: first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter.

Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in advance, anticipating angry reaction if the decision is not to indictment Wilson.

In the hours before the announcement, President Barack Obama and community leaders called for calm, while protest leaders spoke of their plans to demonstrate.

This live blog features updates and reaction from local activists,select media organizations and officials from government and law enforcement in the hours leading up to the announcement.

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