ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling for a peaceful response after the announcement that a white Ferguson police officer will not face criminal charges in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old.
Nixon made the comments Monday night after official word of a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown.
Nixon says it is his "continued hope and expectation" that peace will prevail and says "the world is watching."
In Ferguson, crowds have poured into the streets to protest the decision. Some demonstrators taunted police, shattered windows and vandalized cars. Several gunshots were also heard. Officers released smoke and pepper spray to disperse the gatherings.
Nixon also says Missouri residents have "much more work to do" to create "safer, stronger and more united communities" moving forward.