Attorneys for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) will likely recommend that civil rights charges not be filed against Darren Wilson, a former Ferguson, Mo., police officer involved in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The shooting has sparked racial tension not only in Ferguson, but across the nation.
Federal investigation has not found enough evidence to charge Darren Wilson, multiple sources say. http://t.co/lUZ7vaSNeU
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 22, 2015
The New York Times reported Wednesday evening that the DOJ attorneys handling the case will recommend to Attorney General Eric Holder and his civil rights chief, Vanita Gupta, that no charges be brought against Wilson.
Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Brown family, was loathe to comment on the news until an official announcement is made by the DOJ. “We’ve heard speculation on cases before that didn’t turn out to be true,” Crump told The Times. “It’s too much to put the family through to respond to every rumor.”
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The Times noted that the DOJ will issue a report detailing why and how it came to its decision, though it is unclear when that will be released.
In a statement issued shortly before Thanksgiving, Holder made it clear how adamant he was about seeing the case through, even though the grand jury cleared Wilson of every charge brought against him on the local level:
“Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now.”
h/t: BizPac Review