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Prosecutor: No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s death
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 30, 2020 04:59PM
But, he said, “our investigation does not exonerate Darren Wilson.”

Prosecutor: No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s death
[apnews.com]

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County’s top prosecutor announced Thursday that he will not charge the former police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a dramatic decision that could reopen old wounds amid a renewed and intense national conversation about racial injustice and the police treatment of minorities.

It was nearly six years ago that a grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot Brown, a Black 18-year-old. Civil rights leaders and Brown’s mother had hoped that Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell, the county’s first Black prosecutor, would reopen the case after he took office in January 2019.

“My heart breaks” for Michael’s parents, Bell said. “I know this is not the result they were looking for and that their pain will continue forever.”

Describing the announcement as “one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do,” Bell said that after a five-month review of witness statements, forensic reports and other evidence to determine if his office could prove that Wilson committed murder or manslaughter “we cannot prove that he did,” Bell said.

But, he said, “our investigation does not exonerate Darren Wilson.”
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Re: Prosecutor: No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s death
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: July 30, 2020 05:43PM
The prosecutor is giving a very respectful press conference right now. He says that although his review did not find that they could prove murder or manslaughter, there were many opportunities for the officer to do things differently and if he had, Michael Brown might still be alive.
The officer is not exonerated.
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Re: Prosecutor: No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s death
Posted by: Rolando
Date: July 30, 2020 05:46PM
Hopefully, a federal prosecutor will charge him next year.....



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Re: Prosecutor: No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s death
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 31, 2020 03:54AM
The statement about of lack of exoneration will clear the way for a mega-civil action - one he won't have to defend.
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