10 Notable Reactions to the Ferguson Decision

On August 9, in Ferguson, Missouri, Michael Brown, an eighteen year old African American, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. Since that moment, there have many debates about race relations in America. Rioters gathered on the streets of Ferguson. On November 24, after reading through testimonies and evidence, a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, thus meaning that there will not even be a court case to decide Wilson’s innocence or guilt, which, unfortunately, sparked even more tense debate and rioting. Here are 10 notable reactions to the Ferguson Decision.

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1. Michael Brown’s Family

“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions…While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.” (NPR)

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2. Pharrell Williams

“I’m heartbroken over the the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let’s all pray for peace. (Twitter)

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3. Darren Wilson’s Attorneys

“From the onset, we have maintained and the grand jury agreed that Officer Wilson’s actions on August 9 were in accordance with the laws and regulations that govern the procedures of an officer…Law enforcement must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions. Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law…” (Mother Jones)

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4. Barack Obama

“The fact is, in too many parts of this country, a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color. Some of this is the result of the legacy of racial discrimination in this country. And this is tragic because nobody needs good policing more than poor communities with higher crime rates…We need to recognize that this is not just an issue for Ferguson, this is an issue for America.” (National Journal)

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5. Chris Rock

“Doesn’t take 100 days to decide if murder is a crime, it takes 100 days to figure out how to tell people it isn’t…… #FergusonDecision” (Twitter)

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6. Darren Wilson

“At that time I gave myself another mental check: Can I shoot this guy? You know? Legally, can I? And the question that I answered myself was, I have to. If I don’t, he will kill me if he gets to me…The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right.” (Huffington Post)


7. Russian Official Konstantin Dolgov

“Racial discrimination, racial and ethnic tensions are major challenges to the American democracy, to stability and integrity of the American society…We may only hope that U.S. authorities seriously deal with those issues and other serious challenges in the human rights field in their own country and stop what they have been doing all along recently — playing an aggressive mentor lecturing other countries about how to meet human rights standards.” (Seattle Times)

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8. Nancy Pelosi

“Our hearts ache for the family of Michael Brown and for the entire community of Ferguson, Missouri.  His death is a tragedy, and the response to neighborhood protests for transparency and accountability is deeply troubling…A credible and comprehensive investigation is absolutely necessary to secure justice for Michael Brown’s family and the community.”

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9. Ted Nugent

“Here’s the lessons from Ferguson America- Don’t let your kids growup to be thugs who think they can steal, assault & attack cops as a way of life & badge of black (dis)honor. Don’t preach your racist bullshit “no justice no peace” as blabbered by Obama’s racist Czar Al Not So Sharpton & their black klansmen…And dont claim that “black lives matter” when you ignore the millions you abort & slaughter each & every day by other blacks. Those of us with a soul do indeed believe black lives matter, as all lives matter.” (Facebook)

10. And, lastly…

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Outside all the looting and violence that has unfortunately sprouted, hopefully this decision will, at least, give America the discussion on race and privilege that we’ve been avoiding for too long. Thank you for reading.

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