- Brown family representatives holds news conference
- Calls for police accountability and federal intervention
- Protesters: ‘Black lives matter’
- New protests planned after decision not to charge Darren Wilson
- Read the latest blog summary
- Ferguson: Justice Is About What Comes After
Tom McCarthy. Guardian
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Michael Brown Sr, center, listens alongside the Rev Al Sharpton, right, and Brown family attorney Anthony Gray. Photograph: Jeff Roberson/AP
Tuesday 25 November 2014 | Summary
Here’s a summary of the news conference, which appears really to be over this time:
Brown family representatives called the grand jury process “completely unfair” and urged the federal government to bring a case against officer Darren Wilson.
No one from the Brown family spoke. Michael Brown Sr., the victim’s father, chose not to speak to avoid an expression of raw emotion that could be incendiary, said a family attorney.
The speakers said the state grand jury process turned out to be as flawed as they expected. They said evidence showed a lack of cross-examination and revealed statements by Officer Darren Wilson that conflicted with physical evidence.
The family representatives attacked county prosecutor Bob McCulloch, saying he had acted as a defender of the killer while publicly declaring the guilt of the victim.
Brown family spokesmen condemned the violence in Ferguson overnight “but we also condemn the violence of August 9 that killed Michael Brown.”
The speakers encouraged supporters of the family to rally but not to resort to violence. ““If you burn down buildings, you achieve what?” said Sharpton. “A fire. But you don’t get justice for Michael Brown.”
Sharpton announced a meeting of civil rights activists in Washington next year to carry the movement forward. Michael Brown has lit a new energy for police accountability,” he said.
Tom McCarthy is a live blogger and reporter at the Guardian US.
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Ferguson: Justice Is About What Comes After, Tony Messenger, St Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch / The Guardian (London)
Justice has a face. Justice demands it. Illustration: Chloe Cushman for Guardian US Opinion
America is on edge about the Ferguson grand jury decision. But justice is about what comes after that. There will come a day soon when the protests, in whatever shape they take, fall off the front page. No matter what happens, justice will still be possible.