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Ferguson Policeman Won’t Be Charged

On August 9, a police officer shot a man in Ferguson, Missouri. The white police officer, Darren Wilson, killed Michael Brown, an African American.

Some people thought the policeman should go to jail. Wilson said he was defending himself. For months, thousands of people protested to show they were upset.

A jury spent 25 days learning the facts of the case. On Monday night, its members said there was no proof that Officer Wilson broke the law. The jury decided not to charge him with a crime.

President Obama said not everyone was happy with this outcome. “There are Americans who agree with it,” Obama explained. “There are Americans who are deeply disappointed with it.”

Obama said he was proud of the “progress in race relations” in America. “There are still problems,” he admitted, but he asked people to work together in peace.

By Russell Kahn

If this story makes you feel upset, read our “Upset by the News?” blog post.

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