UPDATE: A grand jury has decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.
It’s pandemonium out here, they’re stampeding the police, they’re pushing down the barriers.
Michael Brown’s mother was standing on a car when the decision was read, she broke down. The crowd broke down the temporary gate, things were being thrown at the cops, but things have now calmed down. I have a front row seat.
Here’s video of Michael Brown’s mother, wearing the brown leather jacket and white hat (the paper confirms that’s her), speaking after the decision not to indict:
A quick video of the crowd after the announcement, once things calmed down a bit:
And here’s a better video of a portion of the crowd chanting:
I’m on the ground in the Ferguson, Missouri, taking photos and videos and sending them to John back in Chicago.
I’m at the main street in Ferguson, and it’s impassable. The tension is rising, people are saying “the only thing we have to lose is our chains,” and “stop killing our kids.”
This is ground zero, the heart of downtown Ferguson, directly in front of police and fire station.
This is the most intense part. The second protest is in another neighborhood, Shaw, but this is the heart of it.
Here is some video I shot. The quality is somewhat weak, as I’m having to upload it from my phone:
There are about 600 people here right now (though I’m not good at crowd numbers). And at least 200 media as well.
Another friend I’m with is scared. She says people are ready to blow, and she’s getting scared. The tension is so volatile.
More in a moment.