Local leaders react to the decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Leaders who represent Milwaukee are issuing statements in the wake of the decision to not indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said in a statement:

“I have respect for the rule of law, civil rights and the right to peacefully assemble.  In Milwaukee, I appreciate the peaceful and respectful manner in which individuals have expressed their frustration.   The Milwaukee Police Department is prepared for every possible development.  I am hopeful any demonstration or protest will be civil and safe.”

Congresswoman Gwen Moore released the following statement:

"The grief and frustration of the American people is justified and understandable, especially as we struggle to address the highly polarized relationship between law enforcement and young black men. The unnecessary loss of Michael Brown's young life should urge all Americans to recommit to reconciliation during this dark time. As we reflect on the grand jury’s decision, let us move toward honoring the dignity and value of Michael's life. The Brown family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers."