Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, has NOT been indicted and will NOT face criminal charges for shooting and killing, Brown.
In response to the grand jury’s decision regarding officer Darren Wilson, many people, including Philadelphia, took to the streets to protest and riot; unfortunately some more violent than others.
Celebrities also took to social media to voice their disappointment, sadness and outrage over Darren Wilson’s verdict.
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'm heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let's all pray for peace.
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) November 25, 2014
My heart and sympathy goes out to Michael Browns family. They're words and actions are remarkable considering their deep sorrow and grief.
— Katherine Heigl (@KatieHeigl) 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
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
My thoughts are with the Ferguson community. I hope the frustration, as well as the love for the Brown family, shows itself through peace.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) November 25, 2014
Some things in life are sad, but not surprising. #FergusonDecision
— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) 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
Heavy heart, angry soul… we matter. ALL our lives matter. Hear us, feel us, respect us… ALL
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) November 25, 2014
— moby XⓋX (@thelittleidiot) November 25, 2014
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) November 25, 2014
" Let's not just make noise, let's make a difference." – Michael Brown's family. Rest in peace Michael Brown.
— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) November 25, 2014
Some celebrities and music artists, like Macklemore and Q-Tip, actually went to the streets to protest the jury’s verdict regarding Wilson.
Artist August Alsina also addressed the issue when he was brought out during one of Usher’s stops for the UR Experience Tour.
Rap artists B.o.B. suggested people protest Black Friday in regards to the verdict.
Solange went to her Instagram account as well,to speak on the matter.
“I screen shot this image months ago. Artist unknown. It moved me for many reasons. One being ….brokenness. Today I feel a sense of brokenness on behalf of my people. Black people. Everyone expresses differently. I respect all forms and shapes of expression. I respect those who don’t see this as a matter of black and white, who think “unity and peace” will save us all from this, who’s optimism in the heart of the gut wrench still seems to have a place…Although I feel differently, I respect it all. We were not molded here, to all be molded the same……My words are like aimless shapes and figures at this time. Trying to find a place to go, something to hold on to, to make “sense” of this all. But the one thing that’s been concrete in my heart is my will to want to express something to my friends. To the people I love, who love me, who feel pain in this moment just as I do, but who do not feel pain in the way that I often do in many walks of life. Who might feel I talk about race too much, that it’s consumed me, who I’ve distanced myself from….because it’s true, I can’t a joke. When I told a friend of mine I was making an album about race, his response was….”Just make it fun”. I would like him to think about it now. We are not Michael Browns family, but we are Michael Browns family. We don’t hurt like they do, but we do hurt. Hurt like hell. Thing about my people though….we don’t stay broken. We get up. We put the pieces together when there aren’t even pieces to pick up…….and we will……again and again and again.”
Rap artist Killer Mike gave a speech during one of his performances.