Report: Justice Department To Clear Darren Wilson In Mike Brown Shooting Investigation
After months of deliberation, the Justice Department lawyers will reportedly recommend that no civil rights charges be filed against Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. After probing into the shooting, the F.B.I found no evidence to support the charges, the New York Times reports.
The final decision of whether or not to move forward with the charges is ultimately left up to Attorney General Eric Holder and his Civil Rights Chief Vanita Gupta; however, it is unlikely that they will overrule the decision of the prosecutors who worked the case.
A separate investigation, exploring allegations of discriminatory traffic stops and excessive force on behalf of Ferguson Police, however, remains active. Hopefully, this will result in drastic changes in the predominately White police department.
Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Brown family has refused to comment on the reports until the Justice Department has made a formal announcement regarding the decision.
“We’ve heard speculation on cases before that didn’t turn out to be true,” he said. “It’s too much to put the family through to respond to every rumor.”
According to reports, federal prosecutors have already begun drafting a memo recommending no civil rights charges be filed in this case. In the meantime, we’ll wait for official word from the Justice Department. Until then, we’ll keep our fingers crossed.