'This Is Just Absolutely Devastating': Communities Respond To The Grand Jury Decision, Vandalism
Late Monday, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced that a grand jury had voted it would not indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the August death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Protests began soon after the announcement in Ferguson and St. Louis, followed by acts of arson and violence.
Tuesday on "St. Louis on the Air," we tried to get a better idea of how the communities are reacting and what is planned.
- Patricia Bynes (@patricialicious), Democratic committeewoman of Ferguson Township;
- David Klinger, criminal justice professor at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and a former Los Angeles police officer;
- The Rev. F. Willis Johnson (@FWillisJohnson), pastor of Wellspring Church in Ferguson;
- Archbishop Robert Carlson (@abp_carlson), archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis;
- Christopher Shearman, president of the South Grand Community Improvement District;
- St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel (@csmcdaniel) and Nancy Fowler (@NancyFowlerSTL).
Highlights from Tuesday's conversations:
As a police officer, David Klinger shot and killed a man who had stabbed his partner.— St. Louis on the Air (@STLonAir) November 25, 2014
It was "the most critical few seconds of my life," David Klinger says.— St. Louis on the Air (@STLonAir) November 25, 2014
"We had so many people out last night showing their support for South Grand, for the neighborhood," Christopher Shearman says.— St. Louis on the Air (@STLonAir) November 25, 2014
More demonstrations are expected tonight on South Grand, Christopher Shearman says. He says people are supporting the neighborhood.— St. Louis on the Air (@STLonAir) November 25, 2014
"Most police officers are never confronted with a situation where someone is going to try to kill them," David Klinger says.— St. Louis on the Air (@STLonAir) November 25, 2014
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