Justice Department Clears Darren Wilson In Civil Rights Investigation
Apparently, there will be no justice for Mike Brown.
Seven months after the unarmed teen was gunned down in cold blood and four months after a grand jury chose not to indict him, Darren Wilson has been cleared of federal charges as well. In the report, which was released today, the Justice Department explained that the former Ferguson police officer’s actions “do not constitute a prosecutable violation.” They also claimed that there “is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety.”
“Federal statutes require the government to prove that Officer Wilson used unreasonable force when he shot Michael Brown and that he did so willfully,” the DOJ said in a statement.
As to be expected, the parents of the slain teenager are saddened by the news.
“Today we received disappointing news from the Department of Justice that the killer of our son wouldn’t be held accountable for his actions,” Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden said in a statement, according to NBC News.
While it’s really quite unfortunate that Wilson will not face civil rights charges for the slaying of Brown, hopefully, the two-fold probe will lead to significant changes in practices within the Ferguson police force.
We reported earlier this week that the Justice Department found Ferguson police at fault for unfairly and reasonably targeting blacks.
“As detailed in our report, this investigation found a community that was deeply polarized, and where deep distrust and hostility often characterized interactions between police and area residents,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Our investigation showed that Ferguson police officers routinely violate the Fourth Amendment in stopping people without reasonable suspicion, arresting them without probable cause, and using unreasonable force against them.”
For this reason, Brown’s parents have expressed that they feel encouraged, despite the disappointing news.
“It is our hope that through this action, true change will come not only in Ferguson, but around the country,” they said. “If that change happens, our son’s death will not have been in vain.”
It’s extremely sad that Wilson is pretty much off the hook for killing a child, but as Brown’s parents have stated, hopefully some significant changes are made within the Ferguson police force.