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FERGUSON DECISION: No indictment against officer who shot and killed Michael Brown

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Prosecutor: Grand jury decides not to indict Ferguson police officer in Michael Brown's death. (John Wilson / Facebook / MGN) Prosecutor: Grand jury decides not to indict Ferguson police officer in Michael Brown's death. (John Wilson / Facebook / MGN)
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FERGUSON, Mo. -

A grand jury has decided Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, will not face any criminal charges. 

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the decision Monday evening. A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence. At least nine votes would have been required to indict Wilson.

The Justice Department is conducting an investigation into possible civil rights violations that could result in federal charges.

Wilson shot and killed Brown on August 9, 2014 following a scuffle inside Wilson's police SUV that spilled onto the street. Several media organizations reported Wilson told grand jurors Brown was coming at him aggressively, while witnesses have said Brown had his hands raised and was trying to surrender. 

Following the announcement not to charge Wilson, Brown's family said, "We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions."

In a speech after the decision, President Obama urged protests to be peaceful, and said "We need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make."

Despite Obama asking for peaceful demonstrations, the AP reports that cars have been vandalized and that gunshots have been heard in Ferguson. Police have used tear gas to attempt to disperse crowds, and fires have broken out around the area.

The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting the path of some flights in Lambert-St. Louis International Airport amid the unrest. According to an advisory, planes were being rerouted out of an at least 3-mile area near Ferguson. 

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