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Symbolic 'Black People's Grand Jury' votes to indict Darren Wilson

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By Shawn Campbell By Shawn Campbell

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A group called the Black People's Grand Jury met over the weekend and conducted a mock grand jury process, re-examining the proceeding of the grand jury in the investigation into the death of Michael Brown. 

The group's decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson has no legal weight, but the group says its hope is to spark change in the judicial system. 

The group announced its findings Monday, which were very critical of County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. 

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The mock grand jury compiled just the testimony they felt was needed to find probable cause for an indictment. After two days, the group came back with an 11-1 decision to indict on first-degree murder charges. 

It took the Black People's Grand Jury just one hour to come to its decision over the weekend. The group said it was able to condense the testimony, which took the St. Louis County grand jury three months to hear, because they brought only the testimony relevant to securing an indictment, not the thousands of pages of testimony released after the official grand jury announcement. 

"it was a very serious and historic process," said Omali Yeshitela, the lead prosecutor for the Black People's Grand Jury. 

The 12 mock jurors were all from St. Louis County and the proceedings were live-streamed online throughout the weekend. 

"The indictment is not to say whether or not this gentleman was guilty or not," said Yeshitela. "It's only fair to Darren Wilson, as well, to have his day in court." 

With more than a week of peace in the community, the group says it hopes this will spark more peaceful demonstrations and says it has at least one march on Clayton in the works.

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