Department of Justice lawyers and investigators recommended Wednesday that no civil rights charges be brought against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
When a St. Louis County grand jury refused to indict Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of black teen Michael Brown, Attorney General Eric Holder launched an investigation to pursue a civil violation. Not even that threshold has been met, according to The New York Times, which reported:
That would close the politically charged case in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The investigation by the F.B.I., which is complete, found no evidence to support civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, the officials said.
The shooting generated numerous incidents of local looting, arson and vandalism, and spurred nationwide demonstrations centered on the narrative “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
Although forensic evidence and eyewitness testimony proved that narrative to be false, the demonstrations and protests, often leading to violence, continued to mount. The Times continued:
The state authorities concluded their investigation into Mr. Brown’s death in November and similarly recommended no charges.
There is a high legal bar for bringing federal civil rights charges, and federal investigators had for months signaled that they were unlikely to do so. The Justice Department plans to release a report explaining its decision, though it is not clear when.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., has said that he plans to have it done before leaving office, probably in the next month or two if his successor is confirmed.
Brown’s death was preceded by that of Staten Island resident Eric Garner, who was allegedly placed in a chokehold when he resisted arrest. His arrest was supervised by a black female officer and, like the Brown case, a grand jury refused to bring charges against the officer.
The grand jury’s decision, like that in the Brown case, resulted in nationwide protests, this time with the narrative “I can;t breathe.”
The two have since been combined with a battle cry, “Black lives matter,” and the protests have led to violence and death of police.
The DOJ’s decision not to bring charges against Wilson should put an end to that chapter — but it won’t.
The race hustlers will see to that.
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