Reaction to the grand jury's decision was immediate and divisive, with strongly worded opinions being posted across the Internet by those slamming the decision and those supporting it.
Michael Brown's parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr., released a statement expressing their disappointment toward the decision, but asked that people not resort to violence in their protests.
"We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions," the statement reads. "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," the statement continues. "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."
Rappers Macklemore and Q-Tip were spotted at protests and politically-minded stars waded into the fray with passionate reactions on Twitter. Here are just a few comments celebs have posted about the decision.
The Prosecutor says the Grand Jury works in secret! Cuz everybody knows secret groups are all about justice! #TeamDl— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) November 25, 2014
We must work together to stop the unnecessary loss of young men of color. Justice was not served in Ferguson.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 25, 2014
My thoughts & prayers are with the Brown family and the people of Ferguson.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 25, 2014
My thoughts are with the Ferguson community. I hope the frustration, as well as the love for the Brown family, shows itself through peace.— Chris Rock (@ozchrisrock) November 25, 2014
Heavy heart, angry soul... we matter. ALL our lives matter. Hear us, feel us, respect us... ALL— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) November 25, 2014
Playing the coolest game on Facebook -- whenever someone celebrates the Ferguson news, I unfriend them. This is a no lose situation!— Chris Rock (@ozchrisrock) November 25, 2014
The scary part is he believes what he is saying WOW When he rattled off how many times an UNARMED child was shot DID HE LISTEN 2 HIS WORDS?— Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji) November 25, 2014
Doesn't take 100 days to decide if murder is a crime, it takes 100 days to figure out how to tell people it isn't...... #FergusonDecision— Chris Rock (@ozchrisrock) November 25, 2014
Just leaving yoga and hearing about the verdict of grand jury. Citizens please begin with prayer breathe be thoughtful. And safe— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) November 25, 2014
I thought maybe I'd seen this so many times that it wouldn't break my heart anymore. Nope.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) November 25, 2014
I'm the son of a cop, the brother of a cop, the nephew of a cop. And I am so disgusted and angry tonight. This is a travesty. #MichaelBrown— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) November 25, 2014
No indictment, really????— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) November 25, 2014
Some things in life are sad, but not surprising. #FergusonDecision— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) November 25, 2014
I'm heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let's all pray for peace.— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) November 25, 2014
Prayers for peace and calm tonight in Ferguson and across our nation despite the lack of justice. Prayers for healing #MikeBrownsfamily.— Tracey Edmonds (@Traceyeedmonds) November 25, 2014
This whole thing is so damn sad— Andy Cohen (@Andy) November 25, 2014
Can we take a moment to pray for #Ferguson. Lord keep them cover them protect them guide them & let Peace & Justice prevail in Jesus name!— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) November 25, 2014
#Ferguson Time to get busy-citizens must RUN FOR OFFICE!— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) November 25, 2014
All my love is with the family of Michael Brown. I applaud their strength and courage, mourn their loss, pray they see justice and change.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 25, 2014
There are no variables to "unarmed" at a distance. It doesn't matter where my hands are if there's nothing in them & you KNOW I'm unarmed.— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) November 25, 2014
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -Martin Luther King, Jr.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) November 25, 2014
As a society how do we do better and stop things like this happening time after time!! I'm so sorry to… http://t.co/VTe0rwXeek— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 25, 2014
BE PEACEFUL PEOPLE! Show our STRENGTH by respecting Michael Brown's parents wishes.— Angela Bassett (@ImAngelaBassett) November 25, 2014
Feeling stuck all the way over here in Sydney seeing the news just now... Sending my prayers to Ferguson & praying for an equal America.— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 25, 2014
Have problem re decision not 2bring 2 trial,Police who shot young man near St.Louis.Something must b done 2 protect innocent young blk men— Cher (@cher) November 25, 2014
Praying for Ferguson ....— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) November 25, 2014
Watching this w/ my grandma, mom n brother. Can't take my eyes off of it. So disappointing n sad...… http://t.co/EHUtp1XHAJ— Big Sean (@BigSean) November 25, 2014
Justice is a myth!! Goodnight!!— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 25, 2014
Not even surprised. And that saddens me.— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) November 25, 2014
Officer Wilson, You are a murderer. Shame on you. Parents are NOT supposed to bury their children. You think about that... c #Losing— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) November 25, 2014
"With liberty and justice for all."— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) November 25, 2014
Surreal— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) November 25, 2014
In light of the events in Ferguson, Garth Brooks postponed TV appearances, including Live with Kelly & Michael, the Today show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
"We landed in NY last night to the news of the civil unrest that was going on in our nation. To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong seemed distasteful to me," Garth said in a written statement to ET. "I will gladly reschedule any or all appearances the networks will allow. Love one another ... g"
President Barack Obama gave an official statement from the White House that was televised nationally shortly after the decision was made, and urged those who wished to protest to do so in a peaceful and non-violent way.
NAACP president and CEO Cornell William Brooks also released a statement on behalf of the organization:
"The NAACP stands with citizens and communities who are deeply disappointed that the grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson for the tragic death of Michael Brown, Jr. We stand committed to continue our fight against racial profiling, police brutality and the militarization of local authorities," he said.
"The death of Michael Brown and actions by the Ferguson Police Department is a distressing symptom of the untested and overaggressive policing culture that has become commonplace in communities of color all across the country. We will remain steadfast in our fight to pass the End Racial Profiling federal legislation. And we stand in solidarity with peaceful protesters and uphold that their civil rights not be violated as both demonstrators and authorities observe the “rules of engagement."
He continued, "The grand jury’s decision does not mean a crime was not committed in Ferguson, Missouri, nor does it mean we are done fighting for Michael Brown, Jr. At this difficult hour, we commend the courage and commitment of Michael Brown's family, as well as local and national coalition partners."
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