Department of Justice to clear Darren Wilson of Civil Rights Charges

It’s almost the perfectly written script, right?

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who killed an unarmed black teenager in August, law enforcement officials said.

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.

A broader civil rights investigation into allegations of discriminatory traffic stops and excessive force by the Ferguson Police Department remains open, however. That investigation could lead to significant changes at the department, which is overwhelmingly white despite serving a city that is mostly black.

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.

{New York Times}

Zero consequences for Darren Wilson. None.  And to be honest, I’m less concerned with the lack of these charges (I think we all could see that coming) than with the grand jury’s decision to not indict.

All of this is a sickening mishandling of justice. It’s both heartbreaking and enraging at the same time.

Hopefully, something (ANYTHING) good will come out of the investigation of the department. A blind man can see something isn’t right there.

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