Michael Brown’s father calls for ‘positive change,’ peaceful protests following grand jury decision

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A large memorial photo of slain teenager Michael Brown inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, the site of Brown's funeral on Monday, August 25, 2014. (Photo: KTVI)

FERGUSON – Michael Brown’s father is “devastated” that officer Darren Wilson will not face charges in the shooting death of his son, a spokeswoman for Michael Brown Sr. said shortly after the grand jury returned no indictment Monday evening.

Protesters were gathering outside the police department in Ferguson as St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch read the grand jury’s decision.

As Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spoke to reporters around 5 p.m., saying, “…our shared hope and expectation is that regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint,”  protesters outside shouted, “Indict that cop!” and “No justice, no peace!” A line of police guarded the entrance.

Later Monday evening, President Barack Obama echoes the words of Michael Brown’s father, calling for the teen’s death to lead to “incredible change, positive change” and for people not to hurt others or destroy property.

Statement from Michael Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr.:

“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.

While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.

Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.

We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.

Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.”

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