Ferguson Prosecutor Blames Social Media and Twitter Strikes Back

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Says one user: "Hands up. Don't tweet"

St. Louis prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch announced Monday that police officer Darren Wilson will not be charged for shooting Michael Brown. Before he revealed the news that Wilson wouldn't be indicted, he scolded both social media and news outlets for creating rumors about the Ferguson case.

"On August 9th Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson. Within minutes, various accounts of the incident began appearing on social media, accounts filled with speculation and little, if any, solid, accurate information.” A few minutes later in his speech, McCulloch added, “The most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24-hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything, to talk about, following closely behind with the nonstop rumors on social media.”

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In response, Twitter users erupted with outrage over McCulloch focusing on social media and the "24-hour news cycle" before even announcing news about the actual indictment. Read some of the reactions below.

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