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Exclusive: ABC News Interviews Police Officer Darren Wilson


ABC News(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- In an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, police officer Darren Wilson breaks his silence about the shooting of Michael Brown.

Wilson told ABC News that he did not execute Brown but was in fear for his life and was just “doing his job.”

This is the first time Wilson has made public remarks about the Aug. 9 shooting.

The interview comes a day after the grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson in an incident that sparked national outcry.

Tune into ABC News' World News Tonight at 6:30 p.m. EST to see the interview.

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Lawyers for Michael Brown's Family 'Strenuously' Object to Prosecutor


ABC News(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Lawyers for Michael Brown's parents said on Tuesday that they "strenuously object" to the prosecutor and the grand jury process that cleared a police officer in the shooting death of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown.

Benjamin Crump, the family's lawyer, said that he had objected to allowing St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch handle the case from the beginning and asked for a special prosecutor who did not have ties to the local police.

"Now after we watched him last night in his comments, we strenuously object to this prosecutor and this process," Crump said.

"We have the local prosecutor who has a symbiotic relationship with the local police and the local police officers...We could foresee what the outcome was going to be and that's exactly what occurred last night," Crump said.

Michael Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., was standing beside Crump and Rev. Al Sharpton. Brown Sr. wore a red St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap like the one his son was wearing when he shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. The dad also wore a T-shirt with the slogan "No Justice No Peace."

"You have broken our hearts but you have not broken our backs," Sharpton said. "We are going to continue to pursue justice."

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Nor'Easter to Hit Ahead of Thanksgiving


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, many will see unsettled weather on Wednesday that could interrupt their travel plans.

Snow is expected to fall on I-35 from Minneapolis to Des Moines, Iowa and on I-94 through Wisconsin. Also, I-5 from Seattle to Portland, Oregon will be wet with occasional pounding due to heavy rain forecast there. I-90 will be snow covered through the northern Rockies as well.

On the East Coast, a significant Nor’easter is set to hit.

From Orlando, Florida to Raleigh, North Carolina on I-95 it will be heavy rain with local flooding possible. I-95 from Washington, D.C. to New York will begin to see rain as early as Wednesday morning, with showers arriving in Boston in the late morning.

As the cold air moves into the Northeast, rain will change to snow in the early afternoon for most major cities. There are possible accumulations in parts of the Northeast: Washington, D.C. could see 1 to 2 inches, Philadelphia 1 to 3, New York City 3-6 and Boston 3-6 inches as well.

Thanksgiving Day will be mostly dry for the I-95 corridor, but snow will be flying on I-94 on Thursday from the Dakotas to Minnesota and Wisconsin with a few inches possible there.

For the West coast, it will be a wet ride on I-5 from Seattle to San Francisco with heavy rain, especially in Washington and Oregon. Minor flooding is possible.

If you are traveling over the northern Rockies on I-90 from Seattle to Billings, Montana, watch out for some snow covered roads as you go over Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes.

Most of the South will be dry on Thanksgiving from Orlando to Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles.

For your return trip on Sunday, most of the country will be in a good shape. I-95 corridor will be dry from Florida to Maine. The only trouble spot will be the West Coast, where heavy rain is possible on I-5 from Seattle to San Francisco and even some rain possible in Southern California late Sunday night.

For the Great Lakes and Northern Plains, snow showers are possible with 1-2 inches of snow accumulation. With milder air further east, rain showers are possible in Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: Michael Brown's Mom Outraged


Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- The heartbroken mother of Michael Brown broke down during protests that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury cleared the police officer who fatally shot her teenage son.

Lesley McSpadden was captured on video screaming and crying in the hours after she learned Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown in August, would not be indicted in the teen's death.

"They wrong," she repeated.

"Everyone want me to be calm -- do you know how them bullets hit my son, what they did to his body as they entered his body?" she asked. "Nobody had to live through what I lived through."

"They never gonna care," she said. "I've been here my whole life. I ain't never had to go through nothing like this."

Supporters surrounded McSpadden as she broke town in tears, covering her face with her hands. Many screamed profanities and urged the crowd to "burn this b---h down."

McSpadden's partner, wearing a green and white shirt, is also seen shouting during the clip and hugging her.

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Fires, Looting Reported in Missouri Following Grand Jury Decision


ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- More than a dozen buildings in Ferguson, Missouri were set on fire overnight, with 61 people arrested as protesters railed against a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the August shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

Gov. Jay Nixon ordered additional Missouri National Guardsmen to Ferguson Tuesday morning amid protests across the city, the governor’s office announced in a statement.

A large number of troops were later seen marching in file, wearing riot gear.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, speaking at a Tuesday morning press conference, said he didn’t think law enforcement officials were under-prepared to handle the situation.

His main goal was the preservation of life, he said. But Belmar was disappointed by the violence and looting that followed Monday’s announcement.

“What I’ve seen tonight is worse than the worst night we had in August,” Belmar said, recalling weeks of protests that followed the shooting.

“The fabric of the community has been torn apart tonight.”

At least 16 people were treated at local hospitals due to injuries, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson said. Johnson said officers showed “great courage” in patrolling the city.

“Our community has to take some responsibility for what happened tonight,” Johnson said. “We have done something here that is going to impact our community for a long time.”

Numerous fires were visible in Ferguson throughout Monday night and early Tuesday morning, with buildings and vehicles engulfed. The bulk of the devastation from the overnight protests in the Ferguson, Missouri, area occurred over a 1.5-square-mile stretch.

Businesses were left trashed amid the protests.

The protests followed a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.


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Protests have also spread to other cities.

In New York, approximately 200 people gathered in Union Square, then marched to Times Square. In Philadelphia, several hundred people marched along Market Street in downtown. In Chicago, about 200 demonstrators marched peacefully through the streets.

In Washington, about 150 to 200 people are marching towards the White House. And in Los Angeles, about 100 people are marching downtown on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Marches were also reported in Oakland, Calif., and Seattle.

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Student Leaders at University of Virginia Aim to End Sexual Violence


Alessandro Drago/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Student leaders at the University of Virginia on Monday vowed to find a solution to sexual violence, in the wake of an article in Rolling Stone magazine that detailed a horrifying sexual assault case at the school in 2012 and the way in which that case was handled.

According to a news release from the school, Student Council President Jalen Ross called the article a "wakeup call."

"Sexual assault is a problem that needs our undivided attention," Ross added. "Thousands of us this week have committed to responding to this hard problem with hard work and I hope that each and every one of you will join us in doing that."

Ross, along with Brian Head, President of One in Four, Ashley Brown, president of One Less, and Tommy Reid, president of the school's Inter-Fraternity Council spoke out about the article on Monday. One in Four and One Less are student organizations dedicated to educating students about and preventing rape and sexual assault on the university's campus.

Over the weekend, school President Teresa Sullivan announced that all of the school's fraternities would be suspended until at least Jan. 9, and that all associated social activities would be cancelled.

The university's Board of Visitors will hold a special meeting on Tuesday "to discuss the University's policies and procedures regarding sexual assault."

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Michael Brown Family Attorney: 'The System Needs to Be Indicted'


Brown Family / Facebook(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- The family of Michael Brown, the black teen who was shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, was "heartbroken" after a grand jury declined to bring charges, the family’s attorney told ABC News.

Attorney Benjamin Crump said he broke the news to Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden.

“She was overwhelmed with emotion and heartbroken that the system did not work equally for her child,” Crump said.

Brown, 18, was unarmed at the time of the shooting by officer Darren Wilson.

“We keep seeing our children killed by the people who are supposed to protect and serve them, and there are no consequences when they’re killed,” Crump said.

Crump criticized the legal system, saying that changes need to be made.

“The system needs to be indicted,” Crump said. “The souls of thousands of young African-Americans cry from the grave that we have to change this system. It’s imperative we have to make positive change or this will play out over and over again.”

The Aug. 9 shooting has drawn national attention to the St. Louis suburb, sparking months of protests in the city.

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Gunshots During Ferguson Protests Prompt Temporary Flight Restriction at St. Louis Airport


dave_valler/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- Lambert - St. Louis International Airport was subject to a temporary flight restriction Monday night into Tuesday morning due to gunshots fired into the sky in Ferguson.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, reports of gunshots created a sufficient hazard that only law enforcement aircraft were permitted to fly through the area beginning at 10:15 p.m. local time.

The restriction prevented approach at multiple runways at the St. Louis airport. The FAA said 10 inbound flights were diverted to other airports. Five additional arriving flights were cancelled, the airport said.

The flight restriction was lifted at about 5 a.m. local time, with a limited number of early morning flights cancelled.

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Police Officer Wounded in Shooting Near Ferguson


Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo.) -- A police officer in University City, Missouri was wounded in a shooting late Monday, but at this point it’s not clear whether the shooting is related to protests in nearby Ferguson, authorities said.

The officer’s condition is unknown.

The St. Louis County Police Department confirmed the shooting, saying a search for the suspect is underway.

Local and national protests followed Monday’s announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

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Officer Darren Wilson's Story of Shooting Michael Brown


Brown family / Facebook(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Officer Darren Wilson said Michael Brown "had the most intense aggressive face I've ever seen on a person," when the unarmed 18-year-old turned to face him after the two struggled in Wilson's patrol car, and the teen kept coming at him even after he'd shot him multiple times.

"After I fired multiple shots I paused for a second, yelled at him to get on the ground again, he was in the same state. Still charging in, hands still in his waistband," Wilson told police investigators the morning after the fatal shooting.

"I fired another set of shots. Same thing, still running at me, hadn't slowed down, hands still in his waistband," Wilson said. "He gets about eight to 10 feet away, he's still coming at me in the same way. I fired more shots. One of those, however many of them, hit on him in the head and he went down right there."

Wilson's account was part of the evidence presented to the grand jury that investigated the Aug. 9 shooting.

The evidence was released by the St. Louis County prosecutor Monday evening after the grand jury declined to indict Wilson.

Wilson said he had heard that someone had stolen cigarillos from the nearby Ferguson Market just before he saw two young men walking in the middle of the street, disrupting traffic.

He said that after he asked the two to move onto the sidewalk, one said, "F*** what you have to say," as they passed him.

"When he said that, it drew my attention totally to Brown," he said. "It was a very unusual and not expected response from a simple request."

Then he noticed that Brown was carrying packages of cigarillos, which had been reported stolen, he said.

He called for backup and then backed up his car to cut them off, he said. When he started to open the door and called to Brown, the young man responded: "What the f*** are you gonna do?" he said.

The officer told investigators that when he tried to open the door, Brown slammed it shut.

"He was just staring at me, almost like to intimidate me or to overpower me," Wilson said. "The intense face he has was just not what I expected."

Wilson said he tried to open his door again, telling Brown to "get the f*** back," but Brown grabbed the door and slammed it, then ducked his head inside the open window.

"I don't remember seeing him come at me, but I was hit right here in the side of the face with a fist," Wilson said. "I think it was a full-on swing, but not a full shot."

When Brown turned to give the cigarillos he was carrying in his left hand to the other young man, Wilson tried to grab his right "to get out, to have some type of control and not be trapped in my car anymore," he said.

"And when I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a 5-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan," he said.

As the two struggled, with Wilson seated inside the car and Brown leaning in through the open window, he tried to get his mace canister but couldn't reach it, according to the officer's account.

"I thought I was already compromised enough. I drew my firearm, I pointed at him," Wilson said.

He said that when he warned Brown he was going to shoot him and told him to get on the ground, the teen grabbed the gun and said, "You are too much of a p***y to shoot me."

"When he grabbed my gun, he twisted it, pointed at me and into my hip pelvic area," he said.

"I know his hand was around my trigger finger which was inside the trigger guard, and when he grabbed it he pushed it down and angled it to where it was like this in my hip," Wilson said. "I was guaranteed he was going to shoot me."

Brown had "completely overpowered" him, Wilson said, but he was able to twist the gun around and get a shot off, and then another, but he didn't know what he had hit.

"It was a, just one of these to get him off me," Wilson said.

He said he radioed for more patrol cars, then yelled for Brown, who was running then, to stop and get on the ground.

Brown stopped, but he didn't get down, Wilson said.

"When he stopped, he turned, looked at me, made like a grunting noise and had the most intense aggressive face I've ever seen on a person," Wilson said.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Does Not Indict Officer Darren Wilson in Death of Michael Brown


ABC NEWS(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- A Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said Monday night.

McCulloch said the grand jurors ruled that "no probable cause exists" to indict Wilson on any of the five possible charges that they were asked to consider. He said that the jury was "presented with five indictments" ranging from "murder in the first degree to involuntary manslaughter."

The prosecutor repeatedly stressed the physical evidence that the 12 jurors considered, saying that it "tells the accurate and tragic story of what happened."

"All 12 jurors were present for every session and all 12 jurors examined every piece of evidence," MuCulloch said, adding that the jurors are "the only people who have heard and examined every witness."

McCulloch went on to detail the events of Aug. 9, laying out the most explicit and detailed account of events given by a government or law enforcement official in this case.

Michael Brown's family released a statement reacting to the news and calling for people to keep their protests peaceful in spite of the outcome.

"We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions," they said in the statement.

Wilson's legal defense team also issued a statement about the decision.

"Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions. Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law," the defense team said. "We recognize that many people will want to second-guess the grand jury's decision. We would encourage anyone who wants to express an opinion do so in a respectful and peaceful manner."


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Evidence Photos Show Officer Darren Wilson Following Fatal Michael Brown Shooting


St. Louis County Prosecutors Office(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Evidence photos released by the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office on Monday show Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the days after the fatal August altercation with unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

In one set of images, Wilson sits inside a doctor’s office, staring ahead.

A bruise can be seen on his right cheek -- about two inches long, his check shaded red -- but with no major injuries visible.

The corner of his lip is slightly swelled, according to the photos.

A second set of images -- seemingly taken days later -- shows Wilson wearing a St. Louis Blues hockey T-shirt, his cheek and lip clear of any bruising.

The photos were filed as evidence on Aug. 21 -- 12 days after the shooting -- but it’s not specifically clear when the photographs were taken.

The gun used in the fatal shooting was also featured in the set of photographs released Monday, just hours after a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson.

The deadly confrontation sparked riots and national attention. The images were released with other evidence stemming from the shooting.

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Governor Pleads for Calm Hours Before Ferguson Grand Jury Ruling


The Brown Family / Facebook(ST. LOUIS) --  Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon pleaded for calm Monday evening, just hours ahead of a grand jury's decision whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Nixon made a brief statement as the region waited tensely for the grand jury's ruling on Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9. Earlier in the evening officials said the panel had concluded its deliberations.

The decision is expected to be announced at 9 p.m. ET.

"Our shared hope and expectation is that regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint," the governor said.

Nixon said he was in Ferguson earlier Monday. "It is understandable that, like the rest of us, they are on edge waiting for a decision."

He said authorities were making sure the "best and most experienced officers" would be on the street Monday night.

"The Grand Jury hearing the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson investigation has reached a decision and it will be announced later today," the office of the prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County said on Monday.

The panel must decide whether to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Brown on Aug. 9.

The grand jury has been working on the case since Aug. 20 -- less than two weeks after the shooting -- meeting at least once every week.


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The question that the jurors had to answer was whether or not there was probable cause to believe that Wilson committed a crime when he shot Brown.

They could consider charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter up to first-degree murder, the state prosecutor's office previously reported. The jury was also informed of the state statutes towards self-defense and the use of force by law enforcement officers.

Authorities have been preparing for the decision for days amid fear that the protests could turn violent, as some did in August following Brown's death.

The Ferguson-Florissant School District canceled afterschool activities on Monday because of news reports that the grand jury has reached a decision, and canceled classes for Tuesday. Schools are closed for the rest of the week because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The FBI sent about 100 agents to the St. Louis area to help deal with any problems that could arise from the grand jury decision. They also released a memo earlier last week warning that extremists "will likely" try to infiltrate the demonstrations not only in Ferguson, but elsewhere around the country, and may use the verdict as an excuse to hack public utilities and other sites.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon had declared a state of emergency last week and called out the National Guard.

Brown's parents have made repeated calls for peace, and President Obama reiterated that message this weekend.

"Using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to the rule of law and contrary to who we are," Obama said in an interview that aired Sunday.

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University of Virginia's Campus Reeling over Sexual Assault Allegations


Lance King/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Students at the University of Virginia on Monday praised the school's decision to suspend all fraternities and sororities in the wake of a report about a shocking sexual assault at a frat party.

The Greek life at the school was suspended by university President Teresa Sullivan after rape accusations were detailed in a Rolling Stone article. The report sparked weekend protests on the Charlottesville campus.

Tommy Reid, the president of the school’s inter-fraternity council, said that ending sexual assault on campus can’t be done by frat brothers alone.

“It’s much larger and much more complicated than the Greek system itself. I think it’s important to understand the temporary ban in itself gives our community time to take a breath to sit back and talk and be active and develop what we consider to be actionable and long term solutions,” he said.

“The culture here is not just a UVA issue. This is a pervasive national epidemic,” Ashley Brown, the leader of One Less, a group that helps sexual assault survivors, said Monday morning.

The Rolling Stone expose involves a first-year student’s allegation in which she says she was “gang-raped” at a Phi Kappa Psi frat party. The victim claims the attack happened in 2012. That year, the university was crowned by Playboy as the nation’s top party school.

The student, identified as “Jackie” in the article, said she felt obligated to stay silent and was even told by a roommate to “remember where your loyalty lies.”

Alexandria Pinkelton, a friend of the student, said she was proud of her friend’s determination. “One of her goals with doing this article is to try to spread awareness,” she said.

The national leadership of Phi Kappa Psi decried the situation in a statement, saying, “We do not condone violence under any circumstances.”

Sullivan suspended all campus fraternities and sororities in the wake of the scandal. In addition, Sullivan stated that the school’s board of visitors will be meeting on Tuesday “to discuss the University’s policies and procedures regarding sexual assault as well as the specific, recent allegations.”

"I write you in great sorrow, great rage, but most importantly, great determination," Sullivan wrote in a statement sent to the University of Virginia community. "Meaningful change is necessary, and we can lead that change for all universities."

The current situation feels too familiar for Liz Seccuro, who has claimed she was raped in the same frat house as a freshman in 1984. The school has done little to improve its culture in the ensuing decades because it’s too worried about its reputation, Seccuro said.

“For 30 years, to have no progress made is inexplicable and heartbreaking,” Seccuro said.

According to the Rolling Stone article, 38 students reported sexual assault to university officials in the last academic year, but of those 38 only four resulted in sexual misconduct board meetings.

The university is one of 86 schools under federal investigation or compliance review for their handling of sexual misconduct.

Attorney Wendy Murphy has filed lawsuits against nine schools, including the University of Virginia.

“I’ve seen UVA behave badly for a long, long time, and this is the first time they’ve faced such a significant public scandal. It’s long overdue,” Murphy said.

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Texas Professor Moved into Dumpster to 'Explore the Idea of Less'


iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Dr. Jeff Wilson wanted to simplify his life.

The professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, sold his belongings and in February moved into a used trash Dumpster 36 square feet in size. Wilson is documenting his progress on the website dumpsterproject.org, using videos and social media to showcase his sustainable living project.

“It’s really just to explore the idea of less,” he told ABC station KTRK in Houston.

Students, who helped clean the Dumpster before Wilson moved in, were stunned when he announced his plan.

“I didn’t believe it at all,” student Charles Deshaw said. “I’m like, ‘You’re really going to live in a Dumpster?’”

The front door slides shut. It’s cold at night. The walls contain decorative hangings. The home features few appliances such as a washer and dryer, which were added during the current phase of his project. The third and final phase will feature solar panels with a focus on renewable energy.

For Wilson -- who goes by the nickname “Professor Dumpster” -- the second night in the Dumpster was scariest.

“The trash man came by and picked up two of my neighbors,” Wilson told KTRK.

Luckily, Wilson’s new home remained untouched by trash crews. After living in the Dumpster for six months, Wilson is proud of the discourse his experiment has encouraged and that it has promoted the idea of living with less.

It’s important to “foster a conversation and keep that conversation going. We don’t know where that conversation is going to lead,” Wilson told KTRK.

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