As the entire nation waits to hear whether a grand jury will charge Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, his parents have a released a statement directed straight at their supporters.
“After the Grand Jury’s decision, we are asking for 4 1/2 minutes of silence to remember why we lift our voices,” the statement reads. “We are not here to be violent. We are here in memory of our son. We are here for protection of all children. We are here to support justice and equality for all people. We lift our voices to ensure black and brown men, women, and children can live in this country without being devalued because of the color of our skin.”
Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with Wilson Aug. 9 of this year. The grand jury that heard evidence regarding this incident will be forced to make its decision based on the conflicting testimonies of witnesses at the scene.
Schools, after school programs and some businesses in Ferguson have opted to shut down in anticipation of the grand jury’s announcement.
The announcement, barring some last minute change, is scheduled to take place at 9:00p.m. Eastern time today.
Source: Jason Sickles / Photo Credit: Associated Press