Prosecutor Declines to Charge Ferguson Police Officer Who Killed Michael Brown

Trinetta Brown center left 19 and Triniya Brown become emotional during a memorial service for their brother Michael Brown Thursday Aug. 9 2018 in the Canfield Green apartment complex in Ferguson Mo

Trinetta Brown center left 19 and Triniya Brown become emotional during a memorial service for their brother Michael Brown Thursday Aug. 9 2018 in the Canfield Green apartment complex in Ferguson Mo

A new review of the 2014 police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, of 18-year-old Michael Brown has concluded that no murder or manslaughter charges against former officer Darren Wilson are warranted.

"There are so many points at which Darren Wilson could have handled the situation differently".

The resulting protests defined Ferguson's summer and captured the national spotlight, drawing renewed attention to the issue of police violence in America.

Following the review, Bell said his office was unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, under Missouri state law, that Darren Wilson committed murder or manslaughter when he shot and killed Michael Brown.

The county investigators reportedly pored over thousands of pages of witness statements, forensic reports, and other evidence.

Though Wilson can not be in charged the death of Brown, Bell has noted the investigation does not exonerate him from any wrongdoing. Bell, the top prosecutor in the county, said at a press conference. The jury ultimately declined to indict Wilson. Bell's announcement angered some of Ferguson's longtime activists, who criticized him for not going further than McCulloch.

Wilson shot Brown, 18, on August 9, 2014, after the officer pursued the teen and his friend on suspicion of stealing from a market.

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"It's over! One term!" Police officers gently led him from the room.

In his campaign to unseat McCulloch, Bell focused on larger criminal justice issues, not on McCulloch's handling of the Wilson investigation. "He is hurting, and he's not accepting of this".

The shooting happened after Wilson told Brown and a friend to get out of the street as they walked down the middle of Canfield Drive on a Sunday afternoon.

Multiple autopsies showed Brown was shot six times all from the front.

Bell, who, like McCulloch, is the son of a police officer, said in an interview after the election that he would appoint independent special prosecutors for allegations of wrongdoing by officers. Wilson resigned days after McCulloch's November 24, 2014, announcement that the grand jury would not indict the officer.

The Justice Department declined to charge Wilson, but released a highly critical report that noted racial bias in the Ferguson police department and the county courts. A consent agreement calls for sweeping reforms that are still being implemented.

"Because of the significance of this case to this community and because the family asked, I believed it was necessary to conduct a reexamination of the evidence in the case and come to our own conclusion", Bell said.

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