No charges for police officer who killed Michael Brown
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell said on Thursday that no charges will be filed against former Ferguson, Missouri police Officer Darren Wilson following a second investigation into the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown that sparked mass protests and riots.
"Although this case represents one of the most significant moments in St. Louis' history, the question for this office was a simple one," Bell said. "Could we prove beyond a reasonable doubt that when Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, he committed murder or manslaughter under Missouri law?"
"After an independent and in-depth review of the evidence, we cannot prove that he did," Bell said.
Credible witnesses said Brown attacked Wilson and reached for his gun, then turned and charged the officer after being chased down. The conflict occurred after Wilson had stopped Brown on a Ferguson street. Brown appeared to rob a convenience store earlier that day, according to video surveillance from the store.
Some 30 activists on Thursday called for a boycott of the store, and as would-be customers approached, the activists told them the store was closed. The store has been the scene of several protests in the years since Brown's death.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder, who served in the Obama administration, launched a federal investigation into the shooting back in 2015 and concluded that "the facts do not support the filing of criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson."
"This morning, the Justice Department announced the conclusion of our investigation and released a comprehensive, 87-page report documenting our findings and conclusions that the facts do not support the filing of criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson in this case. Michael Brown’s death, though a tragedy, did not involve prosecutable conduct on the part of Officer Wilson," Holder's statement read.