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Fires, Looting Reported in Missouri Following Grand Jury Decision

ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Protesters in Missouri have turned violent Monday night following the announcement that police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted on any criminal charges relating to the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

ABC’s Jim Ryan is at the scene in Ferguson, and he reported five or six gunshots coming from near the police station.

The St. Louis County police says that a storage facility and meat market were set on fire by looters.

St. Louis County police confirm that tear gas was used “after smoke was unsuccessful” in dispersing the crowds.

Police are continuing to work to break up the violence and a “No Fly Zone” is in place over Ferguson.

Several hundred protesters blocked Interstate 44 in downtown St. Louis. Riot police are now on the scene and some of the protesters are reportedly climbing on the cars.

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Protests have also spread to other cities.

In New York, approximately 200 people gathered in Union Square, then marched to Times Square. In Philadelphia, several hundred people marched along Market Street in downtown. In Chicago, about 200 demonstrators marched peacefully through the streets.

In Washington, about 150 to 200 people are marching towards the White House. And in Los Angeles, about 100 people are marching downtown on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Marches were also reported in Oakland, Calif., and Seattle.

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Violence Reported in Missouri Following Grand Jury Decision

ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Protesters in Missouri are having strong reactions Monday night following the announcement that police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted on any criminal charges relating to the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

ABC’s Jim Ryan is at the scene in Ferguson, and he reported five or six gunshots coming from near the police station.

There are also reports of fires and tear gas in the streets. Police are working to disperse the crowds.

Several hundred protesters blocked Interstate 44 in downtown St. Louis. Riot police are now on the scene and some of the protesters are reportedly climbing on the cars.

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Protests have also spread to other cities.

In New York, approximately 200 people gathered in Union Square, then marched to Times Square. In Philadelphia, several hundred people marched along Market Street in downtown. In Chicago, about 200 demonstrators marched peacefully through the streets.

In Washington, about 150 to 200 people are marching towards the White House. And in Los Angeles, about 100 people are marching downtown on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Marches were also reported in Oakland, Calif., and Seattle.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Does Not Indict Officer Darren Wilson in Death of Michael Brown

ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) — A Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said Monday night.

McCulloch said that the grand jurors ruled that “no probable cause exists” to indict Wilson on any of the five possible charges that they were asked to consider. He said that the jury was “presented with five indictments” ranging from “murder in the first degree to involuntary manslaughter.”

The prosecutor repeatedly stressed the physical evidence that the 12 jurors considered, saying that it “tells the accurate and tragic story of what happened.”

“All 12 jurors were present for every session and all 12 jurors examined every piece of evidence,” MuCulloch said, adding that the jurors are “the only people who have heard and examined every witness.”

McCulloch went on to detail the events of Aug. 9, laying out the most explicit and detailed account of events given by a government or law enforcement official in this case.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Does Not Indict Officer Darren Wilson in Death of Michael Brown

ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) — A Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said Monday night.

McCulloch said that the grand jurors ruled that “no probable cause exists” to indict Wilson on any of the five possible charges that they were asked to consider. He said that the jury was “presented with five indictments” ranging from “murder in the first degree to involuntary manslaughter.”

The prosecutor repeatedly stressed the physical evidence that the 12 jurors considered, saying that it “tells the accurate and tragic story of what happened.”

“All 12 jurors were present for every session and all 12 jurors examined every piece of evidence,” MuCulloch said, adding that the jurors are “the only people who have heard and examined every witness.”

McCulloch went on to detail the events of Aug. 9, laying out the most explicit and detailed account of events given by a government or law enforcement official in this case.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Does Not Indict Officer Darren Wilson in Death of Michael Brown

ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) — A Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said Monday night.

McCulloch said that the grand jurors ruled that “no probable cause exists” to indict Wilson on any of the five possible charges that they were asked to consider. He said that the jury was “presented with five indictments” ranging from “murder in the first degree to involuntary manslaughter.”

The prosecutor repeatedly stressed the physical evidence that the 12 jurors considered, saying that it “tells the accurate and tragic story of what happened.”

“All 12 jurors were present for every session and all 12 jurors examined every piece of evidence,” MuCulloch said, adding that the jurors are “the only people who have heard and examined every witness.”

McCulloch went on to detail the events of Aug. 9, laying out the most explicit and detailed account of events given by a government or law enforcement official in this case.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Does Not Indict Officer Darren Wilson in Death of Michael Brown

ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) — A Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said Monday night.

McCulloch said that the grand jurors ruled that “no probable cause exists” to indict Wilson on any of the five possible charges that they were asked to consider. He said that the jury was “presented with five indictments” ranging from “murder in the first degree to involuntary manslaughter.”

The prosecutor repeatedly stressed the physical evidence that the 12 jurors considered, saying that it “tells the accurate and tragic story of what happened.”

“All 12 jurors were present for every session and all 12 jurors examined every piece of evidence,” MuCulloch said, adding that the jurors are “the only people who have heard and examined every witness.”

McCulloch went on to detail the events of Aug. 9, laying out the most explicit and detailed account of events given by a government or law enforcement official in this case.

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Video of Cleveland Boy’s Shooting over Toy Gun Shown to Family Reps

File photo. (blackred/Getty Images)(CLEVELAND) — A surveillance video of a boy with a toy gun being shot by a police officer has been shown to representatives of the slain boy’s family, Cleveland police said on Monday.

The family of Tamir Rice, 12, declined the police offer to watch the video themselves, police told a news conference on Monday.

Police said that the officer who shot Rice Saturday at a recreation center was 10 feet from the boy, but said the toy was “indistinguishable” from a real weapon. The toy gun, which a 911 caller said the boy was waving around, was an “airsoft” gun and the orange tip at the end of the gun to indicate it was a toy had been removed, police said.

“Guns are not toys, and we need to teach our kids that,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said. “Our community needs to understand that.”

Police said they offered to show Rice’s family surveillance video of what happened when the boy was shot. The family declined, but representatives for the family viewed the footage. That video will eventually be released to the public, police said.

“Our concern is the family,” Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said. “We’ve got a police officer that’s also involved that is obviously very distraught over the situation.”

“It’s very complicated,” he added.

Police said they are reviewing the video, interviewing witnesses and consulting with the medical examiner’s office to process evidence as the investigation continues.

“A tragedy like this effects the entire community,” Williams said. “Our officers at times are required to make critical decisions in a split-second. Unfortunately, this was one of those times.”

He urged parents to teach their children that “guns are not toys,” and to understand that police are “part of this community.”

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson also spoke at the press conference, apologizing to the boy’s family.

“I know there’s nothing that I can say that will be adequate in terms of the pain and suffering that they’re going through now,” he said.

The officer who shot Rice has not yet submitted a formal statement, but was interviewed after the shooting.

Williams said he spoke to the officer Sunday night.

“[He is] holding up pretty well but is broken up about this,” Williams said, adding that the officer “didn’t want to do this, but had to protect himself.”

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Slain Cleveland Boy’s Toy Gun ‘Indistinguishable’ from Real Gun: Cops

File photo. (blackred/Getty Images)(CLEVELAND) — The toy gun a 12-year-old was brandishing when he was fatally shot by police was “indistinguishable” from a real weapon, Cleveland police said on Monday.

Tamir Rice was shot and killed on Saturday at a recreation center after reports that he had a pistol and was waving it around. It turned out to be an “airsoft” gun and the orange tip at the end of the gun to indicate it was a toy had been removed, police said.

“Guns are not toys, and we need to teach our kids that,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a press conference Monday. “Our community needs to understand that.”

Police said they have offered to show Rice’s family surveillance video of what happened when he was shot. They declined, but representatives for the family viewed the footage. That video will eventually be released to the public, police said.

The officer was within 10 feet of the boy when he was shot, police said.

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Slain Cleveland Boy’s Toy Gun ‘Indistinguishable’ from Real Gun: Cops

File photo. (blackred/Getty Images)(CLEVELAND) — The toy gun a 12-year-old was brandishing when he was fatally shot by police was “indistinguishable” from a real weapon, Cleveland police said on Monday.

Tamir Rice was shot and killed on Saturday at a recreation center after reports that he had a pistol and was waving it around. It turned out to be an “airsoft” gun and the orange tip at the end of the gun to indicate it was a toy had been removed, police said.

“Guns are not toys, and we need to teach our kids that,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a press conference Monday. “Our community needs to understand that.”

Police said they have offered to show Rice’s family surveillance video of what happened when he was shot. They declined, but representatives for the family viewed the footage. That video will eventually be released to the public, police said.

The officer was within 10 feet of the boy when he was shot, police said.

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Slain Cleveland Boy’s Toy Gun ‘Indistinguishable’ from Real Gun: Cops

File photo. (blackred/Getty Images)(CLEVELAND) — The toy gun a 12-year-old was brandishing when he was fatally shot by police was “indistinguishable” from a real weapon, Cleveland police said on Monday.

Tamir Rice was shot and killed on Saturday at a recreation center after reports that he had a pistol and was waving it around. It turned out to be an “airsoft” gun and the orange tip at the end of the gun to indicate it was a toy had been removed, police said.

“Guns are not toys, and we need to teach our kids that,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a press conference Monday. “Our community needs to understand that.”

Police said they have offered to show Rice’s family surveillance video of what happened when he was shot. They declined, but representatives for the family viewed the footage. That video will eventually be released to the public, police said.

The officer was within 10 feet of the boy when he was shot, police said.

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