Celebrities including Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Lena Dunham are among the many celebs who have taken to social media to express their disappointment after a grand jury ruled against charging the police officer who killed black teenager Michael Brown.
Police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed the unarmed 18-year-old in August in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking a spate of protests through city.
On Monday, a jury decided against prosecuting Wilson over the incident and a peaceful protest encouraged by Brown’s family quickly descended into violence and chaos.
Celebrities took to Twitter to condemn the ruling, including Katy Perry, who wrote, “Sending my prayers to Ferguson & praying for an equal America,” while singer Pharrell Williams, adds, “I’m heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let’s all pray for peace.”
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
Girls actress Lena Dunham writes, “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,” and will.i.am adds, “I just found about the verdict… I feel sick to my stomach… I’m angry & confused…I feel betrayed… My heart goes out to the family of Mike Brown, the people of Ferguson and America as a whole…”
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
Other stars reacted to the footage of protests, looting and buildings being set on fire, and they implored campaigners to act peacefully, including pop icon Cher, who wrote, “Violence is not the answer! Vote 2 (to) change state laws… It’s not (a) protest, it’s crime.”
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