Justice Dept moving to clear Darren Wilson of civil rights charges

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 at 7:20 am

Federal authorities will not seek civil-rights charges against the Missouri cop who gunned down unarmed black teen Michael Brown, law-enforcement sources said Wednesday.

Former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson had already dodged state indictments in St. Louis County before the US Department of Justice found that there’s not enough evidence to prosecute him in federal court for Brown’s death.

“After a thorough review of the facts, the Justice Department came to that conclusion,” a law-enforcement source told The Post.

Wilson pulled up to Brown, 18, and his pal on Aug. 9 last year, while they were walking in the middle of the street.

The officer asked them to get on the sidewalk, and somehow, that led to a confrontation that ended in Brown being fatally shot.

St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch presented evidence to a grand jury, and the panel declined to indict Wilson.

The Feds launched their own probe to see if Wilson intentionally set out to violate Brown’s civil rights. Another law-enforcement source said the FBI completed its examination and prosecutors couldn’t recommend charges.

Justice Department lawyers have already started drafting a legal memo, formally announcing their decision to not charge Wilson, The New York Times reported.

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