A Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury announced that it would not indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown on Monday night. The pronouncement was met with different reactions from various factions who had been watching this case unfold since the initial Aug. 9 incident.
Protesters took to the streets almost immediately after the decision was announced. Some proceeded in peaceful fashion; others opted to go the more violent route. President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Brown’s parents and Wilson’s lawyers all released statements within an hour of the grand jury’s decision becoming public.
After all of the official announcements were released, Wilson released an open letter aimed at his supporters. You can read it below:
I would like to thank you all for standing up for me during this stressful time. Your support and dedication is amazing and it is still hard to believe that all of these people that I have never met are doing so much for me. I watched the CNN video we recorded at the rally on Saturday and it brought tears to my eyes.
All of you are simply amazing, and I don’t know how to thank you all enough. I wish I could attend meet you, hug you, and personally thank you for all of your continued support, however, due to my and my families safety I am unable to. Please don’t give this letter to any media or post it where they can see it. Relay the message of thanks to all and keep this letter private until the investigation is complete.
I want you all to know that I do get updates on the amount of support. Unfortunately, I don’t get to see all of the comments made through social media, but overall messages are relayed to me.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and know that I would do the same for any of you.
Also please keep my family in blue in your hearts and prayers, they have all made a sacrifice to their own lives in order to work the excessive hours through the heat and rain to ensure that the riots and protests in Ferguson were as safe as they could be.
P.O. Darren Wilson
Wilson's future is up in the air right now. Although it was made known on Monday that he had recently gotten married, his professional career is in something of shambles as a result of what transpired. He will likely conduct a public interview at some point in the near future, but as of Tuesday morning, nothing has been announced.