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Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: Darren Wilson Will Not Be Indicted [SOUND OFF]

Flickr user: Elvert Barnes

Flickr user: Elvert Barnes

Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: Darren Wilson Will Not Be Indicted [SOUND OFF]

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The decision we were all afraid of has been made. Where does that leave us?

St. Louis prosecutor Bob McCullough announced on Monday evening that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old.

Brown's family released this statement after McCullough announced the grand jury's—composed of nine white and three black jurors—decision: "We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.'

The decision marked an end to weeks of deliberation among the grand jury, who had met weekly since August 20 to go over evidence in the case. But for many, it's a mere pit stop in the continuation of anger and hurt that hasn't cooled since Brown's death on August 8, which sparked weeks of protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, where the incident took place, and around the country. Or, even further back, on July 13, 2013, when George Zimmerman was found innocent in the murder of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed black teenager who was killed February 26, 2012. Or on July 17 of this year, when officers killed an unarmed 43-year-old named Eric Garner by putting him in a choke hold. Or even further still, Oscar Grant's murder while detained by transit officers in San Francisco on January 1, 2009. We could go back further still, but we all sadly know the stories and how they end: with "justice" being served—just not in the victims' favor.

Like the Brown family, we too are profoundly disappointed by the grand jury's decision. What does it say about our country and the institutions that are supposed to protect us when these unspeakable miscarriages of justice continue to happen? That what would theoretically amount to a misdemeanor for anyone else—Brown allegedly stole a fistful of cigars from a convenience store—means death for a black teenager? That Brown was gunned down, left to bake on a hot sidewalk, prosecuted in death, and sees no carriage of justice in his name months after he's gone?

We don't know. We're incredibly numb right now. But we wanted to open this space up and hear your thoughts after hearing that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the death of Michael Brown. What are you thinking or feeling right now? What are you telling your family, what discussions are you having with your friends? Tell us below in the comments.