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DOJ to Close Ferguson Civil Rights Investigation, Clear Wilson

January 21, 2015  | 

Officer Darren Wilson will not face federal civil rights charges over the Brown shooting. (Photo: Facebook)
Officer Darren Wilson will not face federal civil rights charges over the Brown shooting. (Photo: Facebook)

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 Michael Brown in August, law enforcement officials said.

That would close the politically charged case in the Brown shooting. The investigation by the FBI., which is complete, found no evidence to support civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, officials told the New York Times.

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 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.

Comments (5)

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Oath keeper @ 1/21/2015 9:17 PM

Now let the civil lawsuits begin on all of those who slandered and endangered the lives of Officer Wilson and his family that they suffered.

crispianranger @ 1/21/2015 10:03 PM

And I wonder how many of those who "Jumped the gun" will feel embarrassed now! I suspect none of them. I feel sorry for Officer Wilson's abrupt end to his career caused by the huge disconnect that appears to be running rampant in the States nowadays.
After 35 yrs of LE, I am still astounded at what happens! Take care out there - all of you.

Tschako @ 1/21/2015 10:44 PM

This was clearly a politically motivated investigation, and still shows that Officer Wilson did nothing wrong. Nonetheless, they still won't believe it. These people WANT to think we wantonly murder black males, yet there is STILL no protest about black-on-black murders and other crime.

XXXXX @ 1/22/2015 3:38 AM

I wish Darren Wilson could find a way to sue the #[email protected]% out of Al Sharpton for starting all this and ruining his life. But then again, Sharpton probably wont have any money left after he pays all of his back taxes. What a POS. That guy has been wrong more than the weatherman yet he still gets an open invite to the raciest white house.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/22/2015 5:03 AM

It's about time this was over. I feel so bad for Officer Wilson who was only trying to defend his life from a violent attacker. None of the controversial encounters recently had anything to do with race but they have everything to do with crime and criminals. Race never enters into the picture in the performance of Law Enforcement. Outsiders who live in a utopian existence think it does but the only problem is out of control crime and in some instances poor training. I saw no evidence of poor training with the Ferguson shooting but with NYPD choke holds there are definite problems with training. None of these incidents were precipitated by race however.

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