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    Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown. 
    Smoke billowed from burned-out buildings and sidewalks were strewn with broken glass Tuesday morning after Ferguson erupted over a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown. 

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Local pastors reacting to the grand jury's decision not to indict the officer believe in justice but want justice with integrity.

Senior Pastors Terrell Fletcher and Terry Brooks anxiously watched the grand jury announcement involving Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson shooting and killing an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown.

“At what point listening to the report was he that much of a threat he had to be fired on that many times,” said Brooks, senior pastor at Bay View Baptist Church. “It's just disturbing."

Throughout the 20 minute news conference, the pastors crossed their arms, leaned in to listen closely as the prosecutor rattled off evidence presented to the grand jury, including the 12 shots fired from Officer Wilson's firearm.

“That was a very difficult statement to swallow 'and the final 10',” said Fletcher, senior pastor at City of Hope International Church.

Pastor Fletcher is from Ferguson and has visited the town since the August shooting. He's witnessed the civil unrest over the police brutality against young black men.

“I'm disappointed but I am not surprised and if this is justice I stand behind justice,” said Fletcher. “However, I still want justice with integrity."

The pastors are unsure about the solution but they want African American lives to matter.

“It feels like there is something more that we can do other than break windows, wait for another incident to happen, complain, rally and go silent,” said Brooks.

Pastor Fletcher says the unrest and rallies has woken up American and have given the voiceless communities a voice that matters.

“I hope this is a stepping stone for us, for communication, conversation… nationwide,” said Fletcher.

A protest has been scheduled on Tuesday outside of the federal building in downtown San Diego at 880 Front Street starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Justice Department is also conducting an investigation into possible civil rights violations that could result in federal charges.

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