The announcement by Baltimore's State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is turning her into an instant national figure.
She said, "To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for no justice, no peace. Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliever justice on behalf of this young man."
She's just 35 and took office only five months ago. She comes from a long line of police officers.
“My father was an officer, my mother was an officer, several of my aunts and uncles. My recently departed and beloved grandfather was a founding member of the first black police organization in Massachusetts,” she said in the press conference.
Her husband, Nick, is a city councilman and they have two daughters.
The announcement eased tension on the streets but there is growing anger over the use of the word “thugs” to describe the looters who brought chaos to the city.
The president called them thugs.
President Obama said, “You've got some of the same organizers going in to clean up after a handful of criminals and thugs who tore up the place.”
So did the Governor of Maryland, who said, “This is a lawless gangs of thugs.”
And so did the Mayor of Baltimore, who said, “Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs.” She later retracted the word and said she should have called them "misguided young people."
Some claim using the word is racist, and it's triggering confrontations on TV.
Fox News' Megyn Kelly asked Baltimore Pastor Jamal Bryant, "The Mayor of Baltimore and Barack Obama, they're racist?"
He said, "Yes. no. they have committed a black on black crime by using that word!"
Kelly asked, "Black on black crime?"
"Yes," he replied.
Mac Lamont Hill said on CNN, "Now in 2015, it is used almost exclusively to describe young black men who make white people feel uncomfortable in certain situations."
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