FBI Completes Probe of Ferguson Shooting, Officer Darren Wilson Might be Off the Hook


Lawyers from the United States Justice Department will recommend for no civil rights charges to be placed upon Officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

An investigation by the FBI revealed that there was no strong evidence to support the civil rights charges being pushed upon Wilson.

While Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. and civil rights head Vanita Gupta will make the final decision on whether the case against Wilson will be closed, it would be unusual for Holder and Gupta to go against the findings of the prosecutors, who are still developing the legal memo that will explain the recommendation to drop the charges against the police officer.

Once the Justice Department releases its decision, the investigation into the death of 18-year-old Brown will finally come to an end.

Back in November of last year, the grand jury in the case for Brown's death voted not to indict Wilson. The family of Brown was disappointed with decision, but called upon people sharing their pain to channel their frustration into activities that will bring forth positive change.

However, a broader civil rights investigation by the Justice Department remains open to study allegations made against the Ferguson Police Department for discriminatory traffic stops and use of excessive force. The ongoing investigation may lead to massive changes in the police department, officers of which are overwhelmingly white despite serving a city which is overwhelmingly black.

Brown family lawyer Benjamin Crump refused to comment on the matter until an official announcement has been made by the Justice Department.

"We've heard speculation on cases before that didn't turn out to be true," said Crump. "It's too much to put the family through to respond to every rumor."

The death of Brown ignited violent protests and clashes in the city of Ferguson, as the general public showed their anger against Wilson's apparent unneeded shooting on Brown. The incident, along with the death of unarmed Eric Garner by a chokehold placed upon him by a police office in New York, has spurred a nationwide debate on racism, police duties and police brutality.

Witnesses of Brown's death said to reporters that the teenager was holding his hands up in surrender when Wilson shot and killed him on the street. The investigation by the FBI, however, came out with a different story.

Wilson told the investigators that Brown struggled with him in the teenager's attempt to steal his gun through the police car's window. What happened as the encounter moved away from the car and into the street is where the disputes primarily begin.

Some witnesses, after saying that Brown had his hands up, recanted their testimonies. Wilson, on the other hand, testified that Brown was charging at him, with other witnesses backing up Wilson's version of the story.

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