Ferguson Cop To Face No Civil Rights Charges, DoJ Recommends

While Benjamin L. Crump, a lawyer for Michael Brown’s family, said he did not want to comment on the investigation until the Justice Department made an official announcement, The New York Times reports that law enforcement officials have said The Justice Department has begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who killed the unarmed black teenager in August. A broader civil rights investigation into allegations of discriminatory traffic stops and excessive force by the Ferguson Police Department remains open, but Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., has said that he plans to have it done before leaving office, probably in the next month or two.

 

As The New York Times reports,

The Justice Department has begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who killed an unarmed black teenager in August, law enforcement officials said.

 

That would close the politically charged case in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The investigation by the F.B.I., which is complete, found no evidence to support civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, the officials said.

 

A broader civil rights investigation into allegations of discriminatory traffic stops and excessive force by the Ferguson Police Department remains open, however. That investigation could lead to significant changes at the department, which is overwhelmingly white despite serving a city that is mostly black.

 

The state authorities concluded their investigation into Mr. Brown’s death in November and similarly recommended no charges.

 

There is a high legal bar for bringing federal civil rights charges, and federal investigators had for months signaled that they were unlikely to do so. The Justice Department plans to release a report explaining its decision, though it is not clear when.

 

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., has said that he plans to have it done before leaving office, probably in the next month or two if his successor is confirmed.

 

Three law enforcement officials discussed the details of the federal investigation on condition of anonymity because the report was incomplete and Mr. Holder and his top civil rights prosecutor, Vanita Gupta, had not formally made a decision. Dena Iverson, a Justice Department spokeswoman, declined to comment.

 

Benjamin L. Crump, a lawyer for Mr. Brown’s family, said he did not want to comment on the investigation until the Justice Department made an official announcement. “We’ve heard speculation on cases before that didn’t turn out to be true,” Mr. Crump said. “It’s too much to put the family through to respond to every rumor.” Mr. Crump said that at the end of last year that the Justice Department had told him that it was still investigating.

 

The lawyer for Mr. Wilson did not return calls for comment.

 

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Of course it's a little late for Officer Wilson...

Mr. Wilson resigned from the department in November, citing threats of violence against him and other officers. “It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal,” he said.

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