After it was announced that a grand jury would not be indicting officer Darren Wilson in the death of teenager Michael Brown, celebs immediately took to Twitter to express how they felt with this shocking verdict.
The no indictment verdict came in around 9pm ET on Nov. 24 and immediately the town of Ferguson, MO., went wild with rage. But, they were not alone. Many celebrities — including Katy Perry, LeBron James, Pharrell Williams, & Olivia Munn — got on social media to share their sadness and anger over the verdict, which was announced by Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.
Ferguson Verdict: Celebs React On Twitter
Sadly, the family of Michael Brown — and the city of Ferguson — did not receive the justice it was so passionately hoping for.
Instead, a grand jury decided they would not be indicting police officer Darren Wilson in the death of the teenager, which led to an almost immediate outrage not just in Ferguson, but all over America.
President Barack Obama also made a statement during a live press conference after the verdict was revealed, urging for peace.
“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. There are Americans who agree with it and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction,” the president said on live television. “But I join Michael’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully.”
Celebrities opted out of rioting against the verdict and instead took to social media to express their anger and sadness.
Feeling stuck all the way over here in Sydney seeing the news just now… Sending my prayers to Ferguson & praying for an equal America.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 25, 2014
I’m heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let’s all pray for peace.
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) November 25, 2014
” Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.” – Michael Brown’s family. Rest in peace Michael Brown.
— oliviamunn (@oliviamunn) November 25, 2014
All my love is with the family of Michael Brown. I applaud their strength and courage, mourn their loss, pray they see justice and change.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 25, 2014
My heart and sympathy goes out to Michael Browns family. They’re words and actions are remarkable considering their deep sorrow and grief.
— Katherine Heigl (@KatieHeigl) November 25, 2014
Have problem re decision not 2bring 2 trial,Police who shot young man near St.Louis.Something must b done 2 protect innocent young blk men
— Cher (@cher) November 25, 2014
Having said that, Violence is NOT the ANSWER ! VOTE 2Change State Laws.There Must b Change in Attitude & BALANCE In Police & Lawmakers!
— Cher (@cher) November 25, 2014
Some things in life are sad, but not surprising. #FergusonDecision
— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) November 25, 2014
Doesn’t take 100 days to decide if murder is a crime, it takes 100 days to figure out how to tell people it isn’t…… #FergusonDecision
— Chris Rock (@ozchrisrock) November 25, 2014
— moby Ⓥ (@thelittleidiot) November 25, 2014
Sending prayers of peace in Ferguson…
— Matthew Morrison (@Matt_Morrison) November 25, 2014
We must work together to stop the unnecessary loss of young men of color. Justice was not served in Ferguson.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 25, 2014
As a society how do we do better and stop things like this happening time after time!! I’m so sorry to these families. Violence is not the answer people. Retaliation isn’t the solution as well. #PrayersUpToTheFamilies #WeHaveToDoBetter
A photo posted by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:06pm PST
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— Lauren Cox