The St. Louis County (Mo.) prosecutor said on Thursday that he would not be charged with a White Police officer who in 2014. He shot 18-year-old Michael Brown after quietly resuming an investigation.
Civil rights leaders and Brown’s mother reportedly expected Prosecutor Wesley Bell, in 2019. Month of January. By becoming the county’s first black prosecutor, he could resume an investigation into police officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown six years ago.
Bell told reporters today that his decision was “one of the hardest things I had to do.”
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However, after five months of evidence in the case, witness testimony, and forensic examinations, he concluded that “we cannot prove that he”; committed the murder or murder.
The mass demonstrations that followed Brown’s shooting helped reinforce the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, the United States, and across the country.
The federal investigation and the Grand Jury confirmed to Wilson all charges months after Brown’s death in 2014.
Looking at Brown’s shooting investigation, Bell had no echo because Wilson was never charged or tried and there was no statute of limitations on the murder charges.
Brown, accompanied by his friend, was ordered to exit the middle of the street in a residential area near Wilson when Brown turned to a police vehicle. Throughout the shooting, which lasted about 90 seconds, Wilson fired a total of twelve bullets, six of which hit Brown in front of his body.
Witnesses said Brown, who was unarmed when he was shot, raised his hands up, but federal investigators and the grand jury said the evidence showed otherwise.
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Brown’s body was left on the street for four hours, causing outrage among his family and locals and sparking fierce protests.
“While this case is one of the most significant moments in St. Louis history, the question for this office was simple: can we prove without reasonable doubt that when Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, he committed murder or murder under Missouri law? Mr Bell said at a news conference on Thursday.
“After an independent and thorough evaluation of the evidence, we cannot prove that he did so.”
Bell observed that simply because Wilson was not found guilty of murder or murder, he was not acquitted.
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“There are so many points where Darren Wilson could have behaved differently, and if he had, Michael Brown could still be alive,” Bell told reporters.
The Department of Justice declined to accuse Wilson, but issued a very critical report noting racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department and district courts.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.