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(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The family of Michael Brown, the black teen who was shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, was “heartbroken” after a grand jury declined to bring charges, the family’s attorney told ABC News.

Attorney Benjamin Crump said he broke the news to Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden.

“She was overwhelmed with emotion and heartbroken that the system did not work equally for her child,” Crump said.

Brown, 18, was unarmed at the time of the shooting by officer Darren Wilson.

“We keep seeing our children killed by the people who are supposed to protect and serve them, and there are no consequences when they’re killed,” Crump said.

Crump criticized the legal system, saying that changes need to be made.

“The system needs to be indicted,” Crump said. “The souls of thousands of young African-Americans cry from the grave that we have to change this system. It’s imperative we have to make positive change or this will play out over and over again.”

The Aug. 9 shooting has drawn national attention to the St. Louis suburb, sparking months of protests in the city.

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