A crowd gathered in Sacramento Monday to watch St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announce that the grand jury will not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
They sat in silence as McCulloch read the jury's decision. They were all disappointed.
"It is an injustice, and it's not just a white officer killing a black teenager. It's a man killing a teenager," Chazahyah Yisrael said.
Sacramento City Counselor-elect Larry Carr likened the conditions on the streets between police and the black community in some parts of the country to what he experienced growing up in the segregated south.
"We were actually living in terror because any white person could kill any black person in the south and nothing would happen, and you know it," Carr said.
With a constructive place to talk through racial tensions instead of igniting them, Sacramento's mayor and police chief are focused on building trust between the community and its police force.