ST. LOUIS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is calling for residents and law enforcement in her home state to remain peaceful after the announcement that a white police officer will not be indicted in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old.
The Democratic senator made the comments Monday night after official word of the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown.
McCaskill called the announcement "a result of a deliberate legal process." She says the result is being "independently checked" by a separate U.S. Justice Department investigation.
The Justice Department is investigating possible civil rights violations. The department also has launched a broad probe into the Ferguson Police Department, looking for patterns of discrimination.