“This grand jury decision, we feel, is a reflection of the sentiment of those that presented the evidence,” Anthony Gray, an attorney for Brown’s family, said at a news conference.
“Lives and property must be protected,” Nixon said. “This community deserves to have peace.”
“Federal civil rights crimes are more difficult to prove than at least some of the crimes” considered by the grand jury, he said.
“It feels like the lynchings that happened in the last century. Racial profiling is the 21st-century lynching of black males. We need to call it what it is,” said Kevin Powell, head of the BK Nation advocacy organization, who has worked in Ferguson since Brown was killed in August.
At least 40 people were arrested in the melee that escalated after some protesters shut down traffic on a major highway in the San Francisco Bay Area, though no injuries were reported.
“I always go on Tuesday to try to avoid the Wednesday rush, but it seems like more people are leaving on Tuesday now,” said Bill Fraser, a landscaper from Henniker, New Hampshire, who was taking a train from Boston to New Rochelle, New York, to visit his mother for Thanksgiving.
“It’s not a major hardship,” he said. “But I still have some years until I am on Medicare.
“We are a nation built on the rule of law, and so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make,” Obama said in response to the decision not to charge police officer Darren Wilson in Brown’s death.
“We could see what the outcome was going to be, and that is what occurred last night,” Crump said.