Grand Jury Gets Until January to Decide on Michael Brown Shooting

Jessica Lussenhop
Michael Brown Sr., Lesley McSpadden and Pastor Carlton Lee in front of the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton Saturday.
A judge has granted an extension for the grand jury in charge of deciding whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be acquitted or charged with a crime.

The twelve jurors now have until January 7 to indict Wilson for shooting and killing unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson on August 9 or to let him go, St. Louis County Judge Carolyn Whittington ruled.

Anthony Gray, an attorney for the Brown family, said he was "flabbergasted" when Daily RFT called and told him about the grand jury delay Monday night. He added that the trial depends on St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who has been heavily criticized by black leaders for his handling of the case, to present "sufficient evidence."

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6 Times White and Black People in St. Louis County Had Opposite Opinions on Ferguson

Mitch Ryals
Davion Lorich asks police officers in Ferguson if they feel bad about what happened to Michael Brown.
A teenager is dead. A police officer pulled the trigger. There's not much more to the story of Michael Brown that white and black residents of St. Louis County agree on.

Remington Research Group, based in Missouri, polled more than 600 county residents on September 13 and 14 asking eight questions about the shooting and its aftermath. The poll puts in stark light the deep fracture between white and black reaction to the shooting, with the two groups often reporting opposite responses to the same questions.

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NBA Player Captures Cop's Kind Act in Photo, Proves "Not All Police Officers Are Ferguson"

Categories: Ferguson

Danny Wicentowski
An officer in Ferguson peers down the scope of his rifle at an unarmed, peaceful crowd.
Roy Hibbert says there's a lesson to be learned from his Instagrammed photo of a police officer giving a pair of boots to a homeless man.

"Not all police officers are what you hear about in Ferguson," the Indiana Pacers center tells Buzzfeed.

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No End in Sight for Darren Wilson Case as Grand Jury Term Officially Ends Wednesday

UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch is leading the case of Darren Wilson.
A grand jury has been considering evidence for three weeks now in the case of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, and the hearings will likely continue for at least another month despite the official term for the jury ending tomorrow.

Ed Magee, spokesman for the St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office, tells Daily RFT that the grand jury will proceed to meet in special session after its four-month term ends Wednesday. Last month, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch estimated that the grand jury would weigh evidence surrounding the August 9 shooting death of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown through mid-October. Today Magee suggested that that timeline might be optimistic.

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"Blame Charlie A. Dooley": St. Louis County Executive Apologizes to Ferguson

County Executive Charlie Dooley apologizes for the events in Ferguson with St. Louis mayor Francis Slay beside him.
Charlie Dooley, the long-time head of St. Louis County government, is sorry.

In a rare showing of humility and apology from a public official after the death of Michael Brown, Dooley went off-script at the Economic Development Partnerships luncheon Thursday to take responsibility for the traumatizing violence that gripped Ferguson in August -- and for the still-fuming public anger that led to it.

"I want to apologize to this community," Dooley said. "This happened on my watch, and I take it very seriously."

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Feds to Launch New Civil Rights Probe into Ferguson Police Department

Chad Garrison
Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson releases information about the officer who shot Michael Brown and a related robbery.
The U.S. Department of Justice will open another civil-rights investigation, this time into the entire operations of the Ferguson Police Department.

Anonymous officials leaked details to national media outlets, first to the Washington Post, on Wednesday about the investigation, which is separate from the department's other civil-rights investigation into the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson. The inquiry will focus on the Ferguson Police Department and could expand to other police forces.

The decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to open a wide-reaching investigation signals the most aggressive judicial step yet toward dealing with the underlying tensions that erupted into clashes with police after Brown's death on August 9.

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Without State of Emergency in Ferguson, Nixon Can't Change Michael Brown Prosecutor

UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch.
The Don't Shoot Coalition, a new alliance of St. Louis organizations and leaders, demanded that Governor Jay Nixon replace Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch with a special prosecutor this week to restore public confidence in the trial over Michael Brown's death.

But an hour before the group was to make their demands public at a Clayton press conference, Nixon lifted the state of emergency he declared August 16, effectively ending his ability to appoint a new prosecutor.

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Man Who Rides Horse to Honor Michael Brown Helps Ferguson Police Catch Robbery Suspect

Categories: Animals, Ferguson

Ray Downs
Hooves up! Django and Shiloh ride to honor Michael Brown.
The last time we heard from Django, Ferguson had experienced its first night of calm after four days of unrest after Michael Brown was killed.

Without tear gas in the air or canisters and broken glass littering the ground, Django, of Florissant, was able to ride his horse Shiloh through Ferguson to honor Brown where he died -- a tradition he's held since his own nephew died too young.

"Whenever teenagers lose their lives, I do a ride," Django tells Daily RFT.

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